Russia isn’t any nearer to backing down from its struggle in Ukraine following a gathering between the 2 nations’ overseas ministers in Turkey on Thursday.
After just a few hours, Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba emerged from talks with Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov to supply a depressing evaluation.
The “broad narrative” that Lavrov had conveyed, Kuleba mentioned at a press convention, was that Russia “will proceed [its] repression till Ukraine meets their calls for.”
And people calls for are untenable for Ukraine: full demilitarization, full give up — primarily full subjugation to Russia.
Lavrov didn’t deny Kuleba’s account in his personal press convention.
“We had been by no means going to be agreeing to a ceasefire,” he mentioned. “Ukraine is aware of what we wish.”
Thursday’s assembly was the highest-level get-together between Russia and Ukraine since Moscow launched its all-out offensive two weeks in the past. However, like earlier dialogues between lower-level delegations, the dialogue produced no discernible progress.
Kuleba mentioned more often than not was devoted to “urgent humanitarian points on the bottom” — an important concern for Ukrainians making an attempt to flee quite a few cities surrounded by Russian troops.
Russia has repeatedly vowed that it will permit native residents to flee by way of humanitarian corridors, solely to proceed its shelling throughout the agreed ceasefire occasions, based on native authorities and quite a few media reviews.
The besieged metropolis of Mariupol has acquired specific consideration in latest days after native authorities known as off such evacuation makes an attempt on account of ongoing assaults. Then earlier this week, Russian forces bombed a maternity hospital in Mariupol, injuring scores of individuals and killing three, together with one baby, based on Ukrainian authorities. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy known as the assault “proof of a genocide.”
When pressed in regards to the maternity hospital assault, Lavrov initially claimed there have been no girls and kids there, after which appeared to contradict himself to say Ukrainian forces had been utilizing these on the hospital as human shields. Many movies and pictures have emerged of ladies injured within the assault on the hospital.
Kuleba mentioned he hoped Lavrov would hearken to Ukrainian calls for to “assist prepare secure passage for them from the besieged cities, at the start, from Mariupol, in addition to to permit the supply of humanitarian support.”
The dearth of outcomes from the assembly isn’t any shock. Russia has primarily been demanding full capitulation from Ukraine because the begin of the struggle and has not wavered since. In public, Russian President Vladimir Putin has reiterated the unequivocal stance a number of occasions, together with whereas his personal crew was assembly with a Ukrainian delegation.
In the meantime, Russian forces have continued to accentuate their bombings of quite a few Ukrainian cities. Nonetheless, Moscow’s troops have remained stalled for days on the outskirts of Kyiv, the capital, in addition to outdoors a number of different key city facilities.