Russo-Ukraine War: Officials from Russia and Ukraine met yesterday at the border between Belarus and Ukraine for the first talks since the start of the war.
The Kremlin said on Tuesday it was too early to draw conclusions from the first round of talks with Ukraine on ending the war after last week’s invasion of Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said President Vladimir Putin had been informed of the talks and that their outcome was “too early to assess”.
Officials from Russia and Ukraine met on Monday at the border between Belarus and Ukraine for the first talks since the start of the war.
Peskov said Moscow would “analyze” the outcome of the talks.
Ukrainian officials said they spoke hours after Russian forces opened fire on the central square of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city.
Russian troops also reached the southern city of Kherson on Tuesday, advancing from Crimea linked to Moscow.
Peskov stated that the Russian military “does not conduct attacks against civilian infrastructure or residential complexes”, despite extensive evidence otherwise.
Ukraine says more than 350 civilians have been killed since last Thursday’s attack by Moscow.
Russia has acknowledged the loss but has not disclosed how many of its soldiers have been killed so far.
Some Russian regional leaders began naming soldiers killed in Ukraine on Tuesday.
Peskov said he did not need permission from Moscow to do so, but declined to say how many Russians had been killed.
“Let’s wait until the end of this operation,” he said.
Moscow’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier on Tuesday that Russia would continue its offensive in Ukraine until its “targets are achieved.”
He said Moscow aims to “demilitarize and de-nazify” Ukraine, as well as protect Russia from a “military threat posed by Western countries”.
Russia has faced international sanctions for launching its offensive in Ukraine.
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