At the end of the second day of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, the two presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky, publicly expressed their desire to negotiate.
In this regard, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that, according to “the instructions of the President (Putin), a delegation was formed from the Defense and Foreign Ministries, and from the presidential administration. Russia today transmitted this information to the Ukrainians,” he said.
Zelensky had stated his willingness to discuss Ukraine’s neutral status, which Putin arranged for what Peskov said. But Zelensky said they were reconsidering the place and that he wanted Warsaw, after which they gave up contact, Russia Today reported.
Then the Kiev government postponed a possible decision for this Saturday, with continued deployment of multiple rocket launchers in residential areas of major cities, including the capital.
For his part, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, confirmed that the operation carried out by Moscow since last Thursday, was provoked by the Ukrainian authorities themselves. He said that the goals are clear: the disarmament and disarmament of Ukrainian territory.
At the same time, the Council of Europe suspended Russia’s membership, proposed by Poland and Ukraine, which won the consensus of 42 of the committee’s 47 members, and the UK’s foreign minister, Liz Truss, warned that London would continue to take action until the Russian economy deteriorated. Several sports entities, including the International Olympic Committee, banned Russian athletes from participating in the events.
NATO, despite insisting it would not send troops to Ukraine, announced the deployment of its forces in the eastern part of the bloc, and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, confirmed new sanctions – the second package in less than 48 hours – for Putin and Lavrov.
The personalization of the measures was supported by the Government of Canada, while the United States, in addition to the statesman and foreign minister, added the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces to its sanctions. From Russia, General Valery Gerasimov.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen in her argument appealed to the words of President Biden, who said that “Putin has rejected all goodwill efforts by the United States, our allies, and our partners to address our concerns about mutual security through dialogue, in order to avoid unnecessary conflict and human suffering.”
The call for dialogue was, in fact, the firm will of the Government of the Russian Federation, not only for security reasons and geopolitical interests in the face of the expansion of NATO, which, for years, tried to encircle the Eurasian region. power, but also to stop the permanent attacks on the inhabitants of the Donbass region, the majority of whom are of Russian origin.
Only the United States has been the greatest instigator of a conflict that, given the current consequences, allows the West to present Russia as an unjustified invader.
Also at the UN Security Council, a draft resolution proposed by Western countries was presented on Friday condemning the military operation, but Russia, as a permanent member, vetoed it.
Late Friday, Hungary offered to host talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators, Hungarian Foreign Minister Petr Szyjjarto said. “Neither party has rejected (the proposal), and both are grateful and studying it,” he said, according to RT.
On the second day of operations, Russian troops reached the outskirts of Kiev, where they took control of an airfield. The Defense Ministry stated that they also entered the Ukrainian city of Melitopol without encountering resistance. While roaming the city, the inhabitants of Melitopol welcomed the Russian soldiers. Some old people took to the streets with red flags.”
RT reported that Vladimir Putin addressed members of the Ukrainian armed forces, urging them not to allow the neo-Nazis to use their “children, wives and elders as human shields”. The head of state, as expected, emphasized that the clashes are not against the regular forces, but with the nationalist formations armed by the government, which deploy heavy weapons in the central areas of major cities, including Kiev and Kharkov, for firing by the Russians. Military response to residential neighborhoods.
He stressed that they “behave in the same way as terrorists around the world: they hide behind people in the hope of holding Russia responsible for the victims among the civilian population.”
The conflict keeps the fires lit by the West alive, but Russia is looking for a way out that will guarantee its national security and stop the blockade that NATO has been pushing towards its borders for years, in order to establish its hegemony.