The Ukrainian president says the deliberate talks on the Belarusian border will probably be held with out preconditions.
Ukrainian and Russian officers will meet for talks at a venue on the Belarusian border with Ukraine, based on President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The talks, the primary since Russia unleashed a full-scale invasion of Ukraine final week, could be held with out preconditions and are the results of a telephone name between Zelenskyy and the Belarusian president, the Ukrainian chief stated.
“We agreed that the Ukrainian delegation would meet with the Russian delegation with out preconditions on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, close to the Pripyat River,” he stated in an announcement.
Al Jazeera’s Dorsa Jabbari, reporting from Moscow, stated there was “some confusion” about the place the Ukraine-Russia talks will happen.
“The Ukrainians are saying these talks will probably be held close to the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, however based on the Russians, they imagine, nonetheless, that the talks will happen within the southeastern metropolis of Gomel in Belarus,” she stated.
“There appears to be some confusion about the place the placement for these talks will probably be.”
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Lviv within the west of Ukraine, stated the reportedly agreed talks was a optimistic signal however removed from a breakthrough.
“The Ukrainians appear to be very weary concerning the talks agreed on. They are saying they’ll get alongside to hearken to Russia on what it has to supply,” he stated.
He added that the Kyiv authorities wouldn’t wish to hear something associated to surrendering if Moscow is barely ready to make such a suggestion.
Ukraine International Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated Ukraine will “not hand over a single inch of … territory” after agreeing to talks with Russia.
“We go there [to the talks] to hearken to what Russia needs to say, we’re going with none … preliminary settlement on what the result of those talks might be. We’re going there to hear and to say what we consider this struggle and Russia’s actions,” Kuleba stated in a televised tackle.
“Between now and the second that the talks are wrapped up, [Belarusian President Alexander] Lukashenko assured President Zelenskyy that no Belarusian navy power will probably be used in opposition to Ukraine,” he added.
“We are able to solely hope that Lukashenko will stick with his phrase. And between now and the second when these talks are wrapped up, we are going to proceed to fiercely defend our nation, to defeat Russian forces in the event that they attempt to proceed their offensive operations.
Zelenskyy beforehand rejected Belarus, an ally of Moscow which used it as a staging floor for its multipronged invasion, as a location for potential talks.
Talking in Russian in a video message on Sunday, Zelenskyy listed the cities of Warsaw, Bratislava, Istanbul, Budapest or Baku as potential different venues.
Fierce combating continues
In the meantime, Ukrainian forces battled Russian troops pushing into town of Kharkiv on Sunday on the fourth day of the invasion that has shaken Europe’s longstanding safety structure and pushed Germany to spice up its defence spending.
The invasion of Ukraine from three sides, ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is the largest assault on a European state since World Warfare II.
The assault, which Russia calls a particular operation, has to this point did not topple the federal government in Kyiv or take main cities, however has pushed a whole bunch of 1000’s of refugees, primarily girls and kids, into neighbouring international locations.
Russian troopers and armoured autos entered the northeastern metropolis of Kharkiv and firing and explosions might be heard, witnesses stated. A burning tank was seen in a video posted by the federal government.
Ukraine’s fighters repelled the assault, based on authorities within the metropolis, the nation’s second-largest with a inhabitants of about 1.4 million.