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Ukraine and Russia agree to a temporary ceasefire

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak reported that an agreement has been reached for a temporary ceasefire on humanitarian grounds in Thursday’s negotiations with Russia.

“The parties have reached an understanding on the joint creation of humanitarian corridors with a temporary ceasefire,” he said on his Telegram channel. Podoliak added that the Ukrainian negotiating delegation “did not obtain the expected results and will continue the dialogue in a third round of talks.”

The second round of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on the Russian invasion took place in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, in the Belarusian region of Brest, near the Polish border. The new negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, when the eighth day of the war is completed, were to begin around 12:00 GMT, as reported by the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinski, who referred to “the complexity of the logistics from the Ukrainian side, which meets in Poland and then comes here, to the Brest region in Belarus”.

Casual wear or formal suits

As happened in the first round of negotiations, on February 28, the Ukrainian representatives arrived at the meeting in casual khaki clothes, and the Russian delegation again in formal suits. Medinski said on Wednesday that “some Russian proposals” related to an “immediate ceasefire” were discussed at the first meeting of the delegations.

He added that on some of them, “in general, there was an understanding at the negotiating table”, but on others, “as expected, the Ukrainian side took time for reflections and consultations in Kiev”.

Russia demands “the demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine, as well as the recognition of Russian sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula, annexed in 2014, and the independence of the people’s republics of eastern Ukraine, as well as a neutral status of Ukraine with regarding NATO.

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