Russia-Ukraine talks enter the fourth round

By ZBC Reporter

THE fourth round of talks between Russia and Ukraine has begun as the conflict between the two countries continues.

The latest round of talks comes after nearly two weeks of conflict with Russian President, Vladimir Putin announcing a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbas republics on February 24.

He stressed that Moscow has no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, but wants to demilitarise and de-nazify the country.

The move has seen the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom and several other countries imposing sanctions on Russian individuals and legal entities.

On Saturday, the Kremlin Press Service confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin informed them about a series of talks held between Russian and Ukrainian representatives in recent days.

The first round of the Russian-Ukrainian talks lasted for five hours in Belarus’ Gomel region on February 28.

The second round of talks held on March 3 in Belarus yielded an agreement on humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians.

The delegations met for the third round of talks on March 7, in the Brest region, also in Belarus.

Then on March 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmitry Kuleba on the sidelines of a diplomatic forum in Turkey’s Antalya.

So far, more than two million people have fled Ukraine to neighbouring countries while some immigrants have returned to their home nations.