First peace talks agreement
In the second round of peace negotiations between Ukrainian and Russian delegations, an agreement was reached for the first time on Thursday. From now on, both parties are committed to ensuring safe evacuation attempts by setting up so-called humanitarian corridors, along which civilians can get to safety.
The countries will also commit themselves to establishing temporary ceasefires in areas where the evacuations are taking place. In addition, agreements have been made about the delivery of food and medicines to places where there has been the hardest fighting.
The delegations of Ukraine and Russia negotiated for more than three hours. A third meeting will be scheduled as soon as possible.
“We regret that we have not been able to achieve the result we had in mind,” said an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Ukraine’s primary goal was to achieve a comprehensive ceasefire.
The Russian delegation also reports that a ceasefire must be made possible around evacuations. As far as the Russians are concerned, this is a step forward.
Zelensky had made it a condition of new talks that Russia would stop bombing first, but the bombings only seemed to get heavier in the last few days.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had previously said that the Russians would not stop bombing and shelling Ukrainian cities during the talks.
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