- A Ukrainian negotiator says the mood at peace talks with Russia has changed significantly this week.
- It followed that Ukraine accused Russia of killing more than 300 civilians in the Kiev suburb of Bucha.
A member of the Ukrainian team negotiating with Russia at peace talks says the mood underlying the trial has irrevocably changed following evidence of the mass killing of civilians in Bucha, near Kyiv.
After Ukrainian troops retook the suburb in early April, officials said Russian troops killed more than 300 civilians during the occupation. in some cases, women are raped before being shot.
Russia denies killing civilians, who said the deaths were staged by the US to portray Russia as evil. Many western nations have condemned Russia, and The UN voted to bar Russia from the body’s Human Rights Council on Thursday.
High-ranking Russian and Ukrainian officials detained several rounds of peace talks since February 28, but without reaching a specific agreement.
In a statement televised on Friday, Mykhailo Podolyak, one of Ukraine’s peace negotiators and an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said the tone of peace talks has changed forever over Bucha. RBC-Ukraine reported.
“Today there are some changes in the background of the negotiations, related to the events in the Kyiv region, not only Bucha – and that leaves a certain impression,” he said.
“This is not about the actual conduct of the negotiations, but about the emotional background on which these negotiations are conducted.
“The Russian Federation is increasingly not perceived in the world as a civilized state living by the rules of civilization,” he added.
The peace talks initially took place on the Ukrainian border with Belarus, but have since been relocated to Turkey, which has positioned itself as a mediator.
Speaking of to the Financial TimesIbrahim Kalin, a senior adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said the Bucha scene “made it difficult for negotiations to continue as before”.
“Ukrainians are devastated, as are all of us… these are truly horrible, totally unacceptable, inhuman acts and whoever did this should be brought to justice,” he said.
Zelenskyy and his negotiators have shown how Ukraine is aiming for a ceasefire Willingness to declare neutral status and to abandon plans to join NATO, in accordance with Russia’s demands.
However, the Russian Foreign Minister That’s what Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that Ukraine’s latest peace proposal, put forward on Wednesday, contained “unacceptable” elements such as a clause allowing Ukraine to hold military exercises with allies without needing Russia’s permission.
Despite the impasse, Podolyak said Friday that peace talks at various levels of seniority are constantly underway.
“There are meetings where delegations meet directly and some interim results are summarized. And there is a permanent online process that involves working groups – diplomatic, legal, military and so on.”