The first round of talks held on the border of Belarus to discuss an end to the violence has ended. Officials on both sides met, and despite there being no concluded agreements, insider reports of the nearly 5-hour parley seem to be cautiously optimistic.
The head of the Russian delegation and a senior aide to Putin, Vladimir Medinsky, said that both parties “found certain points on which common positions could be foreseen.” He said it was agreed upon that discussions would continue in the near future.
A top advisor to Ukrainian president Velensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, said that both delegations had returned to their respective capitals for further discussion and consultation. Moreover, than that, advisors said that they were more focused on a potential ceasefire. And further discussions are more likely to come.
Meanwhile, the conflict continues in Kharkiv and Kyiv, the second largest and largest Ukrainian cities respectively. Russia’s progress in these cities has been agonizingly slow, as Ukrainian soldiers and militia groups defend every inch of their homeland.
The Kremlin, likely feeling pressure from crippling sanctions; and unexpectedly difficult war, has once again brought up their nuclear capabilities. Announcing that their land, air, and sea nuclear forces were on high alert.
Putin continued, claiming that the U.S and its allies are an “empire of lies.”
In reciprocation of Russia’s nuclear threats; The UN Security Council in New York held a highly uncommon meeting of the UN General Assembly. Which includes all 193 member states.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres called Russia’s nuclear high-alert announcement “a chilling development… The fighting in Ukraine must stop.”