Peace talks ended between Russia and Ukraine, no
breakthrough as shelling continues
The talks took place after Russian forces bombarded
residential areas in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv
The first round of Ukraine-Russia talks aimed at ending the
fighting between Moscow and its neighbour have
concluded with no immediate agreements.
The talks took place near the Belarus-Ukraine border on
Monday as Russian troops continued their attack on
Ukrainian cities – including the second-largest, Kharkiv –
on the fifth day of Russia’s invasion.
An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin said talks with
Ukrainian officials lasted nearly five hours.
Vladimir Medinsky, who headed the Russian delegation,
said the two sides “found certain points on which
common positions could be foreseen”. Another round of
talks was agreed to, Medinsky said.
Mykhailo Podolyak, a top adviser to Ukrainian President
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, gave few details except to say that
the talks focused on a possible ceasefire and that a
second round could take place “in the near future”.
“The next meeting will take place in the coming days on
the Polish-Belarusian border, there is an agreement to that
effect,” Medinsky said.
Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, reporting from Lviv in western
Ukraine, said it was “no surprise” that a breakthrough
hadn’t been reached, and there was “no sign that either
side has moved their goalposts”.
“The two delegations came out of five hours of talks. The
Russian and Ukrainian sides had identified some priority
topics on which they have outlined certain decisions,” he
“It isn’t clear what those priority topics may be … but the
Ukrainian side, they’re looking for an immediate ceasefire
and the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops … and the
Russian side, they’re looking for guarantees about
Ukraine’s neutrality and that it would never join NATO.”