Russia, Ukraine to hold peace talks

By Oleen Ndori

Russia and Ukraine will hold a new round of face-to-face peace talks in Turkey this week as the conflict surpasses the 30-day mark.

Head of the Russian delegation Vladimir Medinsky said in a social media post on Sunday that the two sides have agreed to hold in-person negotiations on 29 and 30 March, but without saying where the talks will be held.

Reports say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation on the latest situation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and peace talks.

It is understood that they agreed that a new round of negotiations will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ukrainian and Russian delegations have held three rounds of face to face negotiations in Belarus since the 28th of February with the fourth having been a video conference on the 14th of this month.

The two countries have so far reached an agreement on opening two new humanitarian corridors in eastern areas of Ukraine.

One of the corridors will be set up between Mariupol in Donetsk and Zaporozhye, and the other will link Rubizhne in Luhansk to Bakhmut in Donetsk.