Ukrainian and Russian negotiators agree to hold talks in Belarus: NPR


Ukrainian servicemen recover unexploded shells after fighting with Russian forces in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on the morning of February 26, 2022, according to Ukrainian services personnel at the scene.

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Ukrainian and Russian negotiators agree to hold talks in Belarus: NPR

Ukrainian servicemen recover unexploded shells after fighting with Russian forces in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on the morning of February 26, 2022, according to Ukrainian services personnel at the scene.

Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said in a message on the Telegram app that a Ukrainian government delegation will meet for talks with Russian officials near the Pripyat River in Belarus.

Russia had previously offered to hold talks in Gomel, a Belarusian town near the border with Ukraine.

The Ukrainian response did not specify when the meeting would take place.

The Ukrainian president’s office said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has pledged that all planes, helicopters and missiles stationed in Belarus will remain grounded during the trip, talks and return of the Ukrainian delegation, Frank said. NPR’s Langfitt. reported.

Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week“that the government is ready for any peace talks that would stop the fighting and see Russian forces leave Ukraine.

“Our president from the beginning, even before the war started, always focused on the diplomatic solution. And even after the war started, he actually called for peace talks all the time,” he said. Markarov said. “But he always said, ‘we’re ready for peace talks, we’re not ready to surrender.'”




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