Date: 16 March 2022
Russia and Ukraine have stepped up diplomatic efforts to end the war on Monday. The Ukrainian and Russian negotiators will talk again, even after Russia attacked a military training base near the Polish border and fighting raged elsewhere.
Russia and Ukraine gave optimistic assessments after the negotiations. “Russia is already beginning to talk constructively,” said Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak. “I think that we will achieve some results literally in a matter of days.” He told, talks paused on Monday and would resume on Tuesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the country’s delegations had been speaking daily by video link and a clear aim of his negotiators was to “do everything” to arrange for him to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Our goal is that in this struggle, in this difficult negotiating work, Ukraine will get the necessary result… for peace and for security,” President Zelensky said.
Meanwhile, Russian troops, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, edged closer to Kyiv on Monday and kept up their siege of the southern port city of Mariupol, where officials said nearly 2,200 people have been killed. Aid agencies say Mariupol is facing a humanitarian catastrophe. The United Nations estimates almost 2.7 million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion.