Ukraine proclaims talks ‘with out preconditions’ as its international minister says his nation will ‘not hand over 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 hand over 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 telephone name between President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his Belarusian counterpart, 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 in response to the Russians, they consider, nonetheless, that the talks will happen within the southeastern metropolis of Gomel in Belarus,” she stated.
The Ukrainian international minister in a televised speech on Sunday stated his nation will “not hand over 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 end result of those talks might be. We’re going there to pay attention and to say what we consider this conflict and Russia’s actions,” Kuleba stated.
“Between now and the second that the talks are wrapped up, [Belarusian President Alexander] Lukashenko assured President Zelenskyy that no Belarusian navy power will likely be used in opposition to Ukraine,” he added.
“We are able to 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 have been a constructive signal however removed from a breakthrough.
“The Ukrainians appear to be very cautious of the talks agreed on. They are saying they are going to go alongside to hearken to Russia on what it has to supply,” he stated.
He added that the Ukrainian authorities wouldn’t need to hear something associated to surrendering if Moscow is simply ready to make such a suggestion.
Zelenskyy beforehand rejected Belarus, an ally of Moscow which used Belarus 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 combating 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 Conflict II.
The assault, which Russia calls a particular operation, has thus far did not topple the federal government in Kyiv or take main cities, however has pushed tons of of hundreds of refugees, primarily ladies and youngsters, into neighbouring nations.
Russian troopers and armoured autos entered the northeastern metropolis of Kharkiv and firing and explosions might be heard, witnesses stated. A burning tank was seen in a video posted by the federal government.
Ukraine’s fighters repelled the assault, in response to authorities within the metropolis, the nation’s second-largest with a inhabitants of about 1.4 million.