- It is a piece of news that would enliven the spirit of many, at home and abroad as Russian and Ukrainian delegations have finally decided to meet for peace talks
- Belarus had earlier stated that it had prepared the venue that will host peace talks between delegations from Ukraine and Russia, as Moscow’s offensive against Ukraine went into its fifth day
- Following this move, Ukraine has agreed to send a delegation to meet Russian representatives in neighbouring Belarus, a key Kremlin ally that has allowed Russian troops passage to attack Ukraine
On Monday, February 28, Russian and Ukrainian delegations began their first talks since Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine last week, Belarusian state news agency Belta reported.
Ahead of the talks, the Ukrainian presidency had demanded an immediate Russian ceasefire and troop withdrawal, The Punch added.
“Russia and Ukraine are holding the first talks."
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Aljazeera added that Ukraine and Russia agreed to hold talks at a venue near the Belarusian border, as Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said his country will “not give up a single inch of … territory."
The talks according to the news outlet would be held without preconditions and are the result of a phone call between President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his Belarusian counterpart, the Ukrainian leader said.
Ukraine: Great news as FG secures visa-free access for Nigerians to escape destinations
Earlier, the governments of Romania and Hungary had approved visa-free access to all Nigerians coming from Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
This good news was made public by the federal government through the ministry of foreign affairs in a statement on Sunday, February 27.
In the statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, Nigerians in Ukraine were advised to flee to the Hungarian Zahony border and Romanian Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County, and Maramures borders.
Russian invasion of Ukraine, violation of international norms - Analyst declares
In another report, a global analyst, Ademola Oshodi, described the invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign country, by the Russian troops as a gross violation of international norms and ethics.
In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng, on Saturday, February 26, Oshodi said that America’s invasion of Iraq in 1990 was welcomed by Iraqis for the liberation of their country from the repressive Saddam Hussein's regime.
He, however, said that the vast majority of Ukrainians were not in support of the military incursion by Russia.