Source: PAUL SACCA
Ukraine has agreed to hold peace talks with Russia “without preconditions,” according to multiple reports. Sunday’s announcement of peace talks was reportedly made by the office of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the fourth day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The peace talks between Kyiv and Moscow will occur on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, near the Pripyat River, according to Sky News. A precise time for the meeting was not provided.
“The announcement came hours after Russia announced that its delegation had flown to Belarus to await talks,” the Associated Press reported.
The statement from Zelenskyy’s office noted that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is involved with the peace talks.
“Alexander Lukashenko has taken responsibility for ensuring that all planes, helicopters, and missiles stationed on Belarus territory remain on the ground during the Ukrainian delegation’s travel, talks and return,” said the statement from Zelenskyy’s office, according to the Financial Times.
Of the peace talks, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said it “is already a victory for Ukraine” that there are no preconditions for the meeting, according to Deborah Haynes – security and defense editor at Sky News.
“We go there to listen to what Russia wants to say,” Kuleba said, according to Haynes.
Kuleba reportedly declared, “There is nothing bad in talking, and if the outcome is a peace that is to be welcomed. We will not surrender. We will not capitulate. We will not give up a single inch of our territory. This is not the goal of our fight.”
Previously, Zelenskyy had refused to attend peace talks in Belarus. The Ukrainian president argued that Belarus was not a neutral territory since Russia has a large contingent of troops in the country and it was one of the launch places for the Russian invasion.
Ukraine has surprised many by holding back much of Vladimir Putin’s military forces at the beginning of the war.
This is a developing story, and more details will be provided when available.