Breaking: Ukraine, Russia hold second round of peace talks in Belarus

Breaking: Ukraine, Russia hold second round of peace talks in Belarus

  • Talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations have begun at an undisclosed location on Ukraine's border
  • The key issues on the agenda are: immediate ceasefire, armistice and humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians from destroyed
  • Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova accused the Russian Federation on Thursday of engaging in acts that amount to war crimes

Delegations from Russia and Ukraine are meeting for a second round of talks in Belarus today, March 3.

CNN reports that Mykhailo Podolyak, a Ukrainian presidential adviser disclosed that their representatives were on the way.

He was quoted to have said:

Ukraine, Russia hold second round of peace talks in Belarus
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, Russia, on February 23. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Source: UGC

“En route to talks with Russian Federation. Already in helicopters. We will start in couple of hours, The talks will take place,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier in a video conference."

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The key issues on the agenda:

1. Immediate ceasefire

2. Armistice

3. Humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians from destroyed or constantly shelled villages/cities."

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