Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, is on the verge of being overrun by Russian soldiers after the Kremlin indicated it was willing to meet with Ukrainian authorities in return for Ukrainian forces withdrawing, an offer that analysts called a “farce.”
President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with Ukrainian authorities in Belarus, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. Thereafter Ukraine’s president announced that he was open to discussing the country’s possible non-aligned status, which might imply abandoning Ukraine’s long-held NATO membership ambitions.
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia has declared that Ukraine must lay down its weapons before any negotiations can begin, according to Russia’s TASS News Agency.
- As soon as the Ukrainian Armed Forces comply with our president’s request to halt their resistance and lay down their guns,” Lavrov said. “We are ready to have negotiations at any time.”
- “This is a joke,” Mattia Nelles, a Ukraine and Russia researcher at the Wilson Center, a Washington-based think tank, tweeted. He pointed out that such restrictions would be unlikely to be accepted by Ukraine.
In the opinion of Alexander Lanoszka, a Canadian specialist on European security, Moscow’s proposition appeared absurd.
According to him, “I’m not sure why Kyiv would ever let a delegation inside enemy territory when it is so clear that Russia is trying to decapitate Ukraine’s leadership and force regime change.”
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- According to reports, the nation has implemented a travel restriction on all male residents aged 18-60.
- Prior to any discussions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated, Ukraine must lay down its armaments.
- It was reported on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website that Xi Jinping had talked to Putin on Friday and that the Russian president “indicated Russia’s readiness to undertake high-level negotiations with Ukraine,” according to an official statement.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine entered its second day on Friday as troops neared Kyiv.
A special Russian military operation has been launched in Ukraine after Putin declared two separatist regions to be autonomous. Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the Ukrainian authorities of being Neo Nazis who endangered those regions and Russia’s own security. He answered, “They gave us no option.”
That was repeated on Russian state television Friday by Russia’s foreign intelligence agency chief, Sergei Naryshkin, according to the New York Times. This “dagger placed over us” by Washington is something Russia cannot let to happen, he said. Within a short period of time, “the special military operation will restore peace in Ukraine, as well as avert a bigger confrontation in Europe,”
Zelenskyy, on the other hand, went to the West in search of consultations and assistance. It’s not only Ukraine that suffers when bombs fall on the city of Kyiv, he remarked. “When our people are killed by rockets, all Europeans are also killed.”