The negotiators of Russia and Ukraine will resume face-to-face peace talks as soon as Monday, probing whether a near-stalemate in fighting has forced Moscow to temper its demands.
President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed the new negotiations, saying he hoped they would bring peace ‘without delay’, and lamented a month-long Russian invasion that has already killed thousands and devastated numerous Ukrainian cities.
The new talks are set to start in Turkey on either Monday or Tuesday, with Zelensky desperate to halt the bombardment of cities like Mariupol, where officials said the situation is ‘catastrophic’.
About 170,000 civilians remain trapped in Mariupol without adequate food, water or medicine, as the southern port city is being turned ‘into dust’ by Russian shelling, according to Ukraine’s foreign ministry.
France, Greece and Turkey are hoping to launch a ‘humanitarian operation’ to evacuate civilians within days, according to French President Emmanuel Macron, who has sought an OK from Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.