The third round of Russian-Ukrainian talks will take place on March 7, David Arakhamia, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, head of the faction of the ruling Servant of the People party, said on his Facebook page.
“The third round of negotiations will take place on Monday,” Arakhamia wrote. According to him, the meeting of the delegations will take place on the Polish-Belarusian border.
On March 3, representatives of Russia and Ukraine held the second round of negotiations. The meeting took place in the Brest region of Belarus. During the conversation, the parties agreed to create humanitarian corridors. As part of the implementation of the agreements, humanitarian corridors were opened for the exit of civilians from Mariupol and Volnovakha, a regime of silence was in effect, however, as stated in the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Ukrainian national battalions did not allow people to leave under the threat of physical violence in order to continue to use them as human shields . The first negotiations were held on February 28 in Belarus.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in the current situation should be conducted in silence. According to him, they are a good opportunity for Russia to demonstrate to Ukraine its “vision of solving the problem.” The rest will depend on the reaction of Kyiv, he said, adding that it is still premature to give other estimates. He also clarified that there is no talk of signing any agreements yet.
On February 21, Russia recognized the independence of the DNR and LNR. On February 22, 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.