Ukraine proclaims talks ‘with out preconditions’ as its overseas minister says his nation will ‘not surrender a single inch of territory’.
Ukraine and Russia have agreed to carry talks at a venue close to the Belarusian border, as Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated his nation will “not surrender a single inch of … territory”.
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 cellphone 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 a press release.
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 likely be held close to the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, however based on the Russians, they consider, 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 likely be.”
The Ukrainian overseas minister in a televised speech on Sunday stated his nation will “not surrender a single inch of … territory” after agreeing to talks with Moscow.
“We go there [to the talks] to hearken to what Russia desires to say, we’re going with none … preliminary settlement on what the result of those talks may be. We’re going there to pay attention and to say what we consider this battle and Russia’s actions,” Kuleba stated in a televised deal with.
“Between now and the second that the talks are wrapped up, [Belarusian President Alexander] Lukashenko assured President Zelenskyy that no Belarusian army power will likely be used in opposition to Ukraine,” he added.
“We will solely hope that Lukashenko will keep on 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.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Lviv in western Ukraine, stated the reportedly agreed talks was a optimistic signal however removed from a breakthrough.
“The Ukrainians appear to be very weary in regards to the talks agreed on. They are saying they may get alongside to hearken to Russia on what it has to supply,” he stated.
He added that the Kyiv authorities wouldn’t need to hear something associated to surrendering if Moscow is just ready to make such a suggestion.
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 doable various venues.
Fierce preventing 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 Struggle 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 lots of of 1000’s of refugees, primarily ladies and youngsters, into neighbouring nations.
Russian troopers and armoured automobiles entered the northeastern metropolis of Kharkiv and firing and explosions may very well 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.