No breakthrough at Ukraine talks as Russian assault continues | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

The primary spherical of Ukraine-Russia talks geared toward ending the preventing between Moscow and its neighbour have concluded with no quick agreements.

The talks happened close to the Belarus-Ukraine border on Monday as Russian troops continued their assault on Ukrainian cities – together with the second-largest, Kharkiv – on the fifth day of Russia’s invasion.

An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned talks with Ukrainian officers lasted almost 5 hours.

Vladimir Medinsky, who headed the Russian delegation, mentioned the 2 sides “discovered sure factors on which widespread positions could possibly be foreseen”. One other spherical of talks was agreed to, Medinsky mentioned.

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin (L) and Russian ambassador to Belarus Boris GryzlovRussian Deputy Defence Minister Colonel Basic Alexander Fomin (left) and Russian Ambassador to Belarus Boris Gryzlov [Kholodilin/BelTA/Handout via Reuters]

Mykhailo Podolyak, a high adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, gave few particulars besides to say that the talks targeted on a attainable ceasefire and {that a} second spherical might happen “within the close to future”.

“The subsequent assembly will happen within the coming days on the Polish-Belarusian border, there’s an settlement to that impact,” Medinsky mentioned.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, reporting from Lviv in western Ukraine, mentioned it was “no shock”  {that a} breakthrough hadn’t been reached, and there was “no signal that both facet has moved their goalposts”.

“The 2 delegations got here out of 5 hours of talks. The Russian and Ukrainian sides had recognized some precedence subjects on which they’ve outlined sure choices,” he added.

“It isn’t clear what these precedence subjects could also be … however the Ukrainian facet, they’re in search of a right away ceasefire and the quick withdrawal of Russian troops … and the Russian facet, they’re in search of ensures about Ukraine’s neutrality and that it could by no means be a part of NATO.”

Russians bombard Kharkiv

Russian artillery bombarded residential districts of Kharkiv on Monday, killing at the least 11 individuals, Ukrainian officers mentioned.

Regional administration chief Oleg Synegubov mentioned Russian artillery had pounded residential districts regardless that no Ukrainian military positions or strategic infrastructure have been there. At the least 11 individuals had been killed, he mentioned.

“That is occurring within the daytime, when individuals have gone out to the pharmacy, for groceries, or for ingesting water. It’s against the law,” he mentioned.

A Russian vehicle is burning in KharkivA Russian armoured personnel provider burns after preventing in Kharkiv, Ukraine [Marienko Andrew/AP Photo]

Earlier, Ukrainian Inside Ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko mentioned Russian rocket strikes on Kharkiv on Monday had killed dozens of individuals. It was not attainable to independently confirm the casualty figures.

Moscow’s United Nations ambassador, talking in New York, mentioned the Russian military didn’t pose a risk to civilians.

There was preventing in a single day across the port metropolis of Mariupol, the pinnacle of the Donetsk regional administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, mentioned. He didn’t say whether or not Russian forces had gained or misplaced floor.

Russian forces seized two small cities in southeastern Ukraine and the realm round a nuclear energy plant, in response to the Interfax Information Company.

The capital Kyiv remained below Ukrainian authorities management, with President Zelenskyy, wearing army gear, encouraging his individuals with a sequence of defiant messages.

Explosions have been heard within the metropolis earlier than daybreak and Ukrainians arrange checkpoints and blocked streets with piles of sandbags and tyres as they waited to tackle Russian troopers.

The Russian invasion – the largest assault on a European state since World Battle II – has didn’t make the decisive early positive factors that Putin would have hoped for.

The variety of individuals fleeing Ukraine has surged to greater than half one million, and at the least 102 civilians have been killed since Moscow’s troops entered the nation, in response to the United Nations.

Macron, Putin name

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday referred to as on Russian chief Putin to spare civilians in Ukraine, the French chief’s workplace mentioned in a press release.

Macron’s workplace mentioned that in a 90-minute cellphone name he had requested the Russian chief to cease assaults towards civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, and safe main roadways, specifically the street from the south of Kyiv.

“President Putin confirmed his willingness to make commitments on these three factors,” the assertion mentioned.

Macron additionally “reiterated the demand of the worldwide group to cease the Russian offensive towards Ukraine, and reaffirmed the necessity to implement a right away ceasefire”, the Elysee Palace mentioned, however didn’t give the Russian chief’s response.

Macron additionally referred to as on Putin to respect worldwide humanitarian legislation, and permit support shipments to achieve the inhabitants, the assertion mentioned.

In the meantime, Zelenskyy signed an utility for his nation to hitch the European Union, in a bid to solidify his nation’s bond with the West.

The appliance was largely symbolic, nonetheless, as the method might take years. EU membership have to be unanimously authorized by all members.

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