Russia, Ukraine set for talks as fighting rages


Russia and Ukraine were preparing on Monday for their first talks since Moscow’s invasion, as fighting raged and Western-led sanctions started to bite with the rubble collapsing.

Ukraine said on Sunday it had agreed to send a delegation to meet Russian representatives on the border with Belarus, which would be the foes’ first public contact since erupted.

Belarus announce Monday that the venue fort he talks had been prepared and they would start as soon the delegations arrived.

With his government reporting hundreds of civilian deaths and Russian troops besieging key cities, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was sceptical about the talks.

“As always: I do not really believe in the outcome of this meeting, but let them try,” he said.

Russia invaded on Thursday and quickly announced it had neutralised key military facilities , but fierce fighting has since raged and Ukraine forces are reporting some success.

“The Russian occupiers have reduced the pace of the offensive,” said the general staff of the Ukraine armed forces.


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