Kiev – The Ukrainian and Russian representatives sat on Monday for the first direct talks between the two countries since Russia began its invasion five days ago. The talks lasted several hours and they brought hope to end the war.‘S president and Kiev residents made it clear that they expect little from the discussion. As the meeting unfolded, there were reports of intensified Russian shelling in eastern Ukrainian cities.
Russia will not clarify its intentions for the talks, but CBS News’ Haley Ott said Ukraine’s main demands were an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of all Russian troops. Russian officials said the meeting was over in the evening and that the respective delegates were returning to their capitals to discuss the talks.
The Ukrainian capital, Kiev, is on the brink of Monday, but residents have been allowed to evacuate their homes and shelters since Saturday night, the local government – prompting Russia to increase its siege on the city, anyone said. Streets will be considered the enemy.
Hours before the start of Russian-Ukrainian talks near the Belarusian border, Ukrainian officials said Russia had again shelled major cities overnight. Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, has come under heavy artillery fire after Ukrainian forces recaptured it from Russian troops the previous day, security officials said.
Pressure is mounting on Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, to convene a full UN General Assembly.To discuss the crisis a day after Putin said he was keeping his nuclear forces vigilant in response to NATO’s “statements of aggression” and his imposition of sanctions on the world’s richest nations.
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