3rd meeting between Russia and Ukraine has ‘small’ progress

Third Round of Russia-Ukraine Negotiations Achieved ‘Small’ Progress on Logistics of Humanitarian Corridors for Civilian Evacuation | Photo: EFE/EPA/MAXIM GUCHEK

The third round of talks between Russia and Ukraine, held on Monday (7), ended with small breakthroughs on the logistics of humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians, the adviser to the office said of the Ukrainian Presidency, Mikhail Podoliak.

Also according to a post by the adviser on his Telegram account, the parties held “intense consultations” on a ceasefire and security guarantees.

The new meeting between representatives of the two countries took place in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, in the Belarusian region of Brest, near the Polish border.

The meeting took place after the failure of the evacuations planned for Monday for the third consecutive time, due to the violation of the humanitarian ceasefire announced by Russia.

For his part, Russian chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said that Moscow expects the humanitarian corridors to start operating on Tuesday (8). “We said it clearly. We hope that tomorrow these corridors will finally start to work. The Ukrainian side has given us guarantees of this,” Medinsky said, according to the “Interfax” agency.

temporary ceasefire

Russia announced this morning a temporary ceasefire from 10:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) to open humanitarian corridors in Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy with six routes, four of which would end in Russian cities like Rostov-sur -the gift. south) and Belgorod (to the east). The evacuation plan from Kyiv also includes passage through the territory of Belarus (Gomel and Gden) followed by air transport to Russia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, Iryna Vereshchuk, said today that such routes are “absurd, cynical and unacceptable”.

The head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, told Interfax that the Russian side observed the evacuation routes with drones and accused Ukraine of “taking no practical measures for the preparation of humanitarian convoys”.

“Nobody reached the open humanitarian corridors,” he said, again blaming Ukrainian “nationalists” for blocking the evacuation. “It has become clear that the nationalists, under threat of physical violence, are simply not allowing civilians and foreign nationals to leave these places,” he added.

Also on the Russian side, Medinsky said negotiations with the Ukrainian delegation on an agreement to end the “special military operation” in the neighboring country would continue, although Moscow’s expectations did not materialize.

“Our expectations for the negotiations have not materialized, but we hope that next time we can make more meaningful progress. The negotiations will continue,” he said, according to the Russian news agency “TASS”. “.

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