Second round of talks: Russia – Ukraine evacuate civilians

Ukraine and Russia held the second round of talks in Belarus, agreed to establish a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians, but failed to reach a truce.

Second round of talks: Russia - Ukraine evacuate civilians

“The only thing I can say is that we discussed the humanitarian aspects because many civilians are locked up in cities. Their food and medicine are in danger and need to be evacuated. “, Mykhailo Podolyak (an adviser to the President of Ukraine) said on March 3 after the second round of negotiations with Russia ended.

“The two sides have agreed on a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians as well as transport medicine and food. And the possibility of a temporary ceasefire in the humanitarian corridor during the evacuation,” he added.

Second round of talks: Russia - Ukraine evacuate civilians

Second round of talks: Russia - Ukraine evacuate civiliansDelegations of Ukraine (left) and Russia during a meeting in Belarus on March 3

Ukraine and Russia will soon establish communication channels and develop a logistics process to accomplish this goal. 

“We will continue to discuss to achieve a ceasefire in the nearest future,” Podolyak said.

Podolyak later posted on Twitter that the second round of negotiations had ended, but Ukraine “did not achieve the desired results”, as the two sides failed to reach a ceasefire agreement.

The second talks between Russia and Ukraine took place in a few hours in the Brest region of Belarus

Before the talks, Podolyak tweeted that Ukraine’s priority in the talks was an “immediate ceasefire” and a “humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians”. Ukrainian leaders also hoped that Russia will withdraw its troops.

In an earlier online press conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that Russia was ready for negotiations. But Russia will continue its military campaign because Moscow cannot allow “military infrastructure” to continue to exist in Ukraine as a threat to Russia.

Lavrov said that any agreement should include a provision that Ukraine must “demilitarize”. Russia also wants to discuss the possibility that Ukraine will be “neutral” and give up to join NATO and the EU.

Second round of talks: Russia - Ukraine evacuate civiliansRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “Ukraine will be “neutral” and give up to join NATO and the EU”

The delegations of Russia and Ukraine on February 28 held their first talks in Belarus for about 5 hours but did not achieve any clear results. The second round of negotiations is expected to be an opportunity for the two countries to reach an agreement to end the conflict.

Russia – Ukraine has spent 8 days of fighting. Russian forces have taken control of the large city of Kherson in southern Ukraine and are besieging and shelling a number of cities, including the capital Kyiv and Kharkiv (the second largest city).

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine says more than 2,000 civilians have been killed in the last week but has not confirmed it. 

The Russian Defense Ministry also announced that 498 Russian soldiers were killed and 1,597 wounded, and 2,800 Ukrainian soldiers died.

Second round of talks: Russia - Ukraine evacuate civilians

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