No breakthrough at Ukraine talks as Russian assault continues | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

The primary spherical of Ukraine-Russia talks geared toward ending the combating between Moscow and its neighbour have concluded with no instant agreements.

The talks befell close to the Belarus-Ukraine border on Monday as Russian troops continued their assault on Ukrainian cities – together with the second-largest, Kharkiv – on the fifth day of Russia’s invasion.

An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned talks with Ukrainian officers lasted almost 5 hours.

Vladimir Medinsky, who headed the Russian delegation, mentioned the 2 sides “discovered sure factors on which widespread positions might be foreseen”. One other spherical of talks was agreed to, Medinsky mentioned.

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin (L) and Russian ambassador to Belarus Boris GryzlovRussian Deputy Defence Minister Colonel Normal Alexander Fomin (left) and Russian Ambassador to Belarus Boris Gryzlov [Kholodilin/BelTA/Handout via Reuters]

Mykhailo Podolyak, a prime adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, gave few particulars besides to say that the talks centered on a potential ceasefire and {that a} second spherical may happen “within the close to future”.

“The following assembly will happen within the coming days on the Polish-Belarusian border, there’s an settlement to that impact,” Medinsky mentioned.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, reporting from Lviv in western Ukraine, mentioned it was “no shock”  {that a} breakthrough hadn’t been reached, and there was “no signal that both aspect has moved their goalposts”.

“The 2 delegations got here out of 5 hours of talks. The Russian and Ukrainian sides had recognized some precedence matters on which they’ve outlined sure selections,” he added.

“It isn’t clear what these precedence matters could also be … however the Ukrainian aspect, they’re on the lookout for a right away ceasefire and the instant withdrawal of Russian troops … and the Russian aspect, they’re on the lookout for ensures about Ukraine’s neutrality and that it might by no means be part of NATO.”

Russians bombard Kharkiv

Russian artillery bombarded residential districts of Kharkiv on Monday, killing at the very least 11 individuals, Ukrainian officers mentioned.

Regional administration chief Oleg Synegubov mentioned Russian artillery had pounded residential districts though no Ukrainian military positions or strategic infrastructure have been there. At the least 11 individuals had been killed, he mentioned.

“That is occurring within the daytime, when individuals have gone out to the pharmacy, for groceries, or for ingesting water. It’s against the law,” he mentioned.

A Russian vehicle is burning in KharkivA Russian armoured personnel service burns after combating in Kharkiv, Ukraine [Marienko Andrew/AP Photo]

Earlier, Ukrainian Inside Ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko mentioned Russian rocket strikes on Kharkiv on Monday had killed dozens of individuals. It was not potential to independently confirm the casualty figures.

Moscow’s United Nations ambassador, talking in New York, mentioned the Russian military didn’t pose a menace to civilians.

There was combating in a single day across the port metropolis of Mariupol, the pinnacle of the Donetsk regional administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, mentioned. He didn’t say whether or not Russian forces had gained or misplaced floor.

Russian forces seized two small cities in southeastern Ukraine and the world round a nuclear energy plant, based on the Interfax Information Company.

The capital Kyiv remained below Ukrainian authorities management, with President Zelenskyy, wearing navy gear, encouraging his individuals with a collection of defiant messages.

Explosions have been heard within the metropolis earlier than daybreak and Ukrainians arrange checkpoints and blocked streets with piles of sandbags and tyres as they waited to tackle Russian troopers.

The Russian invasion – the largest assault on a European state since World Struggle II – has didn’t make the decisive early good points that Putin would have hoped for.

The variety of individuals fleeing Ukraine has surged to greater than half one million, and at the very least 102 civilians have been killed since Moscow’s troops entered the nation, based on the United Nations.

Macron, Putin name

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday known as on Russian chief Putin to spare civilians in Ukraine, the French chief’s workplace mentioned in a press release.

Macron’s workplace mentioned that in a 90-minute cellphone name he had requested the Russian chief to cease assaults towards civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, and safe main roadways, particularly the street from the south of Kyiv.

“President Putin confirmed his willingness to make commitments on these three factors,” the assertion mentioned.

Macron additionally “reiterated the demand of the worldwide group to cease the Russian offensive towards Ukraine, and reaffirmed the necessity to implement a right away ceasefire”, the Elysee Palace mentioned, however didn’t give the Russian chief’s response.

Macron additionally known as on Putin to respect worldwide humanitarian regulation, and permit support shipments to achieve the inhabitants, the assertion mentioned.

In the meantime, Zelenskyy signed an software for his nation to hitch the European Union, in a bid to solidify his nation’s bond with the West.

The applying was largely symbolic, nonetheless, as the method may take years. EU membership should be unanimously permitted by all members.

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