The understanding on humanitarian issues that Moscow and Kyiv reached during the talks on March 3 is very important in such a difficult situation, RIA Novosti reported, citing Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
“Understanding on humanitarian issues in such a difficult situation is very important,” Peskov said.
On March 3, the second round of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine took place. The head of the Russian delegation and presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky said that the parties managed to agree on a format for maintaining humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilians and a possible cessation of hostilities in the humanitarian corridor sector. He added that the parties managed to agree on several issues.
On February 21, Russia recognized the independence of the DNR and LNR. On February 22, President Vladimir Putin signed federal laws on the ratification of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance treaties with these territories, including military assistance. On February 24, Putin announced the start of a special military operation in the Donbass. He called its goal “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” The President assured that Russia has no plans to occupy Ukraine, but Moscow will strive for the demilitarization and denazification of this country. As Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov explained, NATO bases with nuclear weapons were to appear on the territory of Ukraine. The US, Canada, EU, UK, Japan and other countries have imposed tough economic sanctions on Russia.