‘Humanitarian corridors’ on the agenda, says Ukraine ahead of talks with Russia

“Humanitarian corridors will be on the agenda, at a minimum,” said Ukrainian lawmaker

Kyiv:

A Ukrainian delegation said Thursday it was on its way to a second round of ceasefire talks with Russia on the day Ukraine lost its first major city to Russian forces.

“On the way to negotiations with the Russian Federation. Already in helicopters,” presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter.

Podolyak posted a photo of himself with lawmaker David Arakhamia dressed in a military uniform in what appears to be a helicopter cabin.

Arakhamia said on Facebook that Ukraine wants to negotiate humanitarian corridors with Russia.

“We start in two hours,” he wrote around 1200 GMT.

The Russian delegation – headed by President Vladimir Putin’s aide Vladmir Medinsky – said its proposals covered “military-technical, humanitarian-international and political” aspects.

According to Belarus and Russia, the talks will take place in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the Brest region of Belarus, near the border with Poland.

A first round of talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations took place earlier this week at the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, but yielded no results.

Ukraine demands an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces.

Russia has not specified its demands, but says it wants “the demilitarization and denazification” of its pro-Western neighbor.

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Christi C. Elwood