Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says son country is ready for peace talks with Russia but not in Belarus, which was a stage for that of Moscow invasion.
Speaking in a video message, Zelenskyy named Warsaw, Bratislava, Istanbul, Budapest and Baku as alternative locations. He said other locations are also possible corn made clear that Ukraine does not accept Russia selection of Belarus.
“Warsaw, Bratislava, Budapest, Istanbul, Baku. We offered everyone of them,” Zelensky said in an address posted online.
The Kremlin announced on Sunday that a Russian delegation had arrived in Belarusian city of Gomel for talks with Ukrainian officials. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the delegation includes military officials and diplomats.
“The Russian delegation is ready for talks, and we are now waiting for the Ukrainians,” Peskov said.
He also says Ukrainian side chose Belarusian city of gomel like place for peace talks, adding that Moscow has warned Kyiv this military operations will not be interrupted for the duration of the talks.
Ukraine only wants “real”negotiations with Russia over son military offensive without an ultimatum, an adviser to Zelenskyy told Reuters on Sunday I call Moscow decision send a delegation to Belarus for speaks of “propaganda”.
“There will be no representatives of Ukraine in Belarus Gomel”, wrote Sergii Nykyforov on Facebook, citing fact that even if the format was really discussed, at the last moment, the Russian negotiators demanded that the Ukrainian army down their arms first.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko continues to deny the country’s involvement in the war with Ukraine.
“There is not a single Belarusian soldier in Ukraine, not a single cartridge,” he said. on Sunday. “There’s no need to attach us where we are not.”
“We have to stop the war. I wouldn’t even want call it is a war. It is a conflict. A day or two – there will be a war. And three days later, a meat grinder,” he said. added.
Russia invaded Ukraine on Thusday, with troops moving of Belarus, an ally of Moscow in the northet also from the east and south.
Zelenskyy said on Sunday that Moscow was bombing residential areas in Ukraine as its forcesinvasion sought to sink deeper into the pro-Western country.
“The past night in Ukraine was brutal, again filming, again bombing of residential areas, civil infrastructure,” said Zelenskyy in an address posted online.
“Today there is not a single thing in the country that the occupiers do not consider an acceptable target. They fight against everyone. They fight against All living things – against kindergartens, against residential buildings and even against ambulance.”
He said the Russian forces were “firing rockets and missiles as a whole city districts in which does not exist and has never existed military Infrastructure.”
“Vasilkov, KyivChernigiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and many other cities in Ukraine lives in conditions that were last experimented on our lands during World War II.”