Ukraine and Russia today at the table, this time virtual, for a new round of negotiations. Meanwhile, news is awaited from Rome, where the US and China are in dialogue.
NEGOTIATIONS, FOURTH ROUND ‘VIRTUAL’
As the war begins to enter the third week, Kiev and Moscow resume talks with a meeting that will be staged on video link, as explained by the spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov. According to Leonid Slutsky, one of the negotiators deployed so far by Russia, “substantial progress” has been made by the Moscow and Kiev delegations. “Soon” the parties may be able to reach a common position, he said. For his part, Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, highlighted that “there are various proposals on the negotiating table now. Including those on the political agreement and, above all, on the military agreement. I mean the ceasefire, the formula of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops. All this is worked out by the working groups “.
The dialogue resumes after a crucial day, marked in particular by two events: the launch of Russian missiles on a base a few kilometers from the Ukraine-Poland border and the killing of a US journalist, Bret Renaud, in Irpin.
RUSSIAN MISSILES ON THE UKRAINE-POLAND BORDER
Russia launched a missile attack towards the west of Ukraine, hitting a base in Yavoriv, in the Lviv region. The raid, with the launch of about 30 rockets, targeted the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security, causing 35 deaths and 134 injuries. The base, about twenty kilometers from the Polish border, was created in 2007 to train the Ukrainian armed forces, especially for peacekeeping missions. It is one of the two facilities where international military exercises take place and also regularly hosts foreign troops. A NATO document on the center states that Ukrainian and other military soldiers are trained in mine clearance at the Ipsc.
“An armed attack on one is considered against all,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby warned. “We have made it very clear to Russia that NATO territory will be defended, not only by the United States, but by all allies,” he underlined. The US embassy in Ukraine condemned the attack “on the Center, where the US, Poland, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Canada and others trained Ukrainian forces will not defeat the heroic soldiers who trained there,” the diplomatic representation wrote on Twitter. .
The United States was also shaken by news of the killing of 51-year-old reporter Brent Renaud. The reporter was busy shooting in the Irpin area to document the exodus of civilians. He was shot in the neck by Russian soldiers and died. The news of the killing “is – to the White House – horrible and shocking. I will consult with my colleagues, with the Ukrainians, to determine how it happened, and then measure and execute appropriate consequences as a result of this,” said the US security adviser, Jake Sullivan. “We will be following this latest development very closely and will respond proportionately,” he added.
USA-CHINA, MEETING IN ROME
Sullivan today in Rome will be engaged in a meeting with Yang Jiechi, a member of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party and director of the Foreign Affairs Commission. At the center of the discussion, the situation in Ukraine. The Councilor will discuss with the interlocutor “the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on regional and global security”, as stated in a statement by Emily Horne, spokesperson for the National Security Council. The appointment is essential in light of the news released by the Financial Times in the last few hours.
Russia has asked China to provide military equipment in support of the invasion of Ukraine, according to the newspaper. The request fueled White House concerns about the possibility that Beijing could undermine the Western effort to support Ukrainian forces in defending their country. US administration officials told the financial newspaper that Moscow has been forwarding its requests since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, but without giving details of the military equipment required.
China’s priority is to prevent the “tense situation” in Ukraine from escalating further or “getting out of control,” the position of the Chinese embassy in the United States in relation to the FT news. “The current situation in Ukraine is truly disconcerting,” said embassy spokesman Liu Pengyu.
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