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Ukraine and Russia will meet for peace talks ‘without preconditions’, says Zelensky


Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet for peace talks “without preconditions” near the Ukraine-Belarus border, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Sunday.

There was no information on when the reported talks might take place, but they would be the first since Russia began a full-scale invasion of its western neighbor on Wednesday.

The talks were sparked by a phone call between Zelensky and Belarusian President and Kremlin ally Alexander Lukashenko, according to the Ukrainian president.

“We have agreed that the Ukrainian delegation will meet the Russian delegation without preconditions at the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, near the Pripyat River,” Zelensky said in a statement.

“Alexander Lukashenko took responsibility for ensuring that all planes, helicopters and missiles stationed on Belarusian territory remained on the ground during the trip, the talks and the return of the Ukrainian delegation,” said the head of Ukraine .

The peace talks will be the first since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov in the Kremlin.
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Zelensky had previously turned down Russia’s offer to meet in Minsk, according to Axios.

The peace talks come as Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday ordered Russia’s nuclear forces to be put on high alert due to what he called “aggressive statements” by NATO leaders, as Kremlin attacks on Ukraine continued.

With pole wires

New York Post

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