The Kremlin claims that a delegation is on its way to Belarus for talks, but Ukraine’s president denies this. Ukraine’s president says his country is prepared for talks with Russia, but not in Belarus, which acted as a staging ground for Moscow’s three-day invasion. In a video message sent out on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy suggested Warsaw, Bratislava, Istanbul, Budapest, or Baku as possible venues. Other locations are also possible, he continued, but Ukraine will not accept Russia’s option of Belarus.
On Sunday, the Kremlin announced that a Russian delegation had arrived in Homel, Belarus, for discussions with Ukrainian officials. Military officials and diplomats are among the delegation, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “The Russian delegation is ready for negotiations,” Peskov said. “We are now waiting for the Ukrainians.” On Thursday, Russia invaded Ukraine, sending troops in from Moscow’s ally Belarus in the north, as well as the east and south.
Street fighting broke out early Sunday in Kharkiv as Russian troops pushed into Ukraine’s second-largest city, according to a regional official, following a wave of attacks elsewhere targeting airfields and fuel facilities that appeared to mark the start of a new phase of an invasion slowed by fierce resistance. The US and the EU replied with guns and ammunition for the outnumbered Ukrainians, as well as harsh sanctions aimed at further isolating Moscow. Russian troops approached Kharkiv, about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) south of the Russian border, shortly after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine on Thursday.
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