KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine. A new round of talks between Moscow and Kyiv on the status of Ukraine outside NATO raised hope on Wednesday for a potential breakthrough after three weeks of the war.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said negotiations were becoming “more realistic,”. While Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the proposals were “close to an agreement.”
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24, said Moscow was willing to discuss a neutral status for its neighbor.
In addition, Putin maintained that Russia would achieve its goals in Ukraine. It would not submit to Western attempts to attain global dominance and dismember the country. He said that the military operation was going as planned during a televised address.
As Russian forces besieged and bombarded cities on the 21st day of the conflict. The more blood was shed on the ground.
Moreover, Russian forces shot and killed ten people waiting in line for bread in Chernihiv, according to the United States. Russia has not commented on the allegation made in a U.S. diplomatic statement.
Five people were wounded when Russian heavy artillery was fired at a convoy of evacuees from the southern port city of Mariupol, according to the governor of Zaporizhzhia. The Ukrainian military said children were among those killed. The Russian government says it does not target civilians.
Despite heavy losses, Russian forces are halted at the gates of Kyiv, having failed to seize any of Ukraine’s most significant cities three weeks into a war that Western officials believe Moscow expected to win in a matter of days.
Moreover, According to the Kremlin, the sides discussed Ukraine’s status similar to that of Austria or Sweden, two European Union countries excluded from NATO.
Ukrainian negotiators remain adamant about their demands for a ceasefire and Russian troop withdrawal.
It was a relief sign to see the compromise on global financial markets.
In his address to Congress, Zelenskiy appealed for stricter sanctions on Russia and more weapons to assist his country in fighting “for the values of Europe and the world.”