48th day of war in Ukraine: Russia says negotiations with Ukraine are deadlocked

President Putin said that peace talks with Ukraine had reached a dead end, and affirmed that the goal of the military operation would be achieved.

Speaking at a ceremony at the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Far East today, President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine’s “inconsistency” in peace talks with Russia was hindering progress towards an agreement. Final.

“Last night, the Ukrainian delegation changed something again. Such inconsistency on fundamental points will create certain difficulties in the effort to reach an agreement,” he said.

According to Putin, the Ukrainian side has “deviated” from the commitments made during the round of direct negotiations in Istanbul, Turkey at the end of March. “We have once again returned to the situation of reaching a dead end. “, said the Russian President.

The Kremlin boss affirmed that “the military operation will continue to fully fulfill the set goals” as well as to minimize losses to Russian forces. “We will act rhythmically and calmly according to the plan outlined by the General Staff from the beginning,” he said.

Rescue workers clean a destroyed building after fighting in Mariupol, Ukraine on April 10.  Photo: Reuters.

Rescue workers clean a destroyed building after fighting in Mariupol, Ukraine on April 10. Image: Reuters.

The Russian leader declared that a clash with “anti-Russian forces in Ukraine” was inevitable and Moscow was forced to launch a military operation in the country. He stressed that Russia’s goals in Ukraine are “clear and lofty”, as Moscow is protecting Russian-speaking people in eastern Ukraine and protecting Russia’s own security.

When asked if Moscow’s campaign in Ukraine had achieved its goals, he said it was “absolutely possible” and said Western sanctions could not isolate Russia.

Commenting on Putin’s statement, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, said that negotiations are still taking place at the working level, although it is very difficult. “The Russian side used the traditional tactic of pressuring public opinion into the negotiation process, including some public statements,” Podolyak said.

Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine began when the military conflict broke out, but so far have not yielded any concrete results. Meanwhile, in many areas of Ukraine, fighting is still fierce.

Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, today announced that more than 90 Ukrainian soldiers opened a blood route out of the city. Mariupol, southern Ukraine but was stopped, 50 people were killed, the rest surrendered. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian marines in Mariupol vowed to “last until the end” despite being surrounded by Russian forces and dwindling food and ammunition supplies.

The head of the Donetsk region’s military service said today that the situation in Mariupol is difficult with about 100,000 civilians still trapped in the city, citing preliminary estimates that up to 20,000-22,000 people have died since Mariupol. besieged. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier said “tens of thousands” of people had died in Mariupol, but did not give specific figures.

On April 12, the Russian military also conducted an ambush with high-precision weapons, destroying an ammunition depot and a hangar at the Starokonstantinovo airport in the region. Khmelnytskyiwestern Ukraine, same ammunition depot in the capital area Kievaccording to a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.

The Russian air force hit 32 Ukrainian military targets overnight. Earlier on the same day, Konashenkov said that Russia had fired a Kinzhal hypersonic missile for the third time, destroying the fortified underground command post of a Ukrainian military unit near the village of Chasov Yar in the Donbass region.

After more than a month and a half of opening a special military operation in Ukraine, Russia withdrew its troops from the area around the capital Kiev and the city of Chernihiv to focus on the region. Donbasseastern Ukraine.

Video shared on social networks shows a convoy of Russian military vehicles moving towards the Donbass region. The Pentagon says Russia is building up forces around the area, particularly near Izyum, but has not yet launched an operation in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said nearly 3,000 people had been evacuated from conflict-affected areas in the east and south of the country.

The United Nations said today that more than 4.6 million Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia launched a military campaign, of which women and children make up 90%, because Ukrainian authorities do not allow it. allow men of military age to evacuate.

The International Organization for Migration estimates that 7.1 million people have been displaced from their homes in Ukraine. The United Nations says at least 1,842 civilians have been killed and 2,493 injured in Ukraine related to the conflict, but the actual number is likely much higher.

Thanh Tam (According to AFP, Reuters, CNN)

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