Russia and Ukraine resume negotiations but Mariupol evacuation fails again

The negotiations between Russia and Ukraine that aim to achieve a ceasefire in the conflict continued this Friday by videoconference. On the same day, the umpteenth attempt to evacuate the city of Mariupol, in the Sea of ​​Azov. Meanwhile, for the first time in the war, an accusation has been made by Russia and directed at Ukraine, whom it blames for attacking its territory for the first time with the bombing of a fuel depot.

The talks continue three days after the first rapprochement of positions between the sides during the meeting held in Istanbul, but Russia assures that its positions on Crimea and Donbas they are “immovable”.

Russian chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky, He stressed that “for the first time in many years, the kyiv authorities have expressed their willingness to reach an agreement with Russia”. He was specifically referring to Ukraine’s resignation from joining NATO, from belonging to military blocs, from nuclear weapons and from possessing, acquiring or developing other weapons of mass destruction, and from hosting foreign military bases or contingents.

For his part, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyhas made his position clear by assuring that “there cannot be and will not be any compromise on sovereignty and territorial integrity”: “We will not cede anything. And we will fight for every meter of land, for every person,” he stated.

Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking its territory

Russia has accused Ukraine this Friday and for the first time since the beginning of the war of having attacked a fuel depot on its territory. Specifically, located on the outskirts of the Russian city of belgorod, 30 kilometers from the Russian-Ukrainian border. According to Efe, the Russian Ministry of Defense has reported that around 5 in the morning two Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopters attacked the facility, intended for the supply of fuel for civil transport.

Although there are no victims, almost fifty people had to be evacuated. The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has assured that the attack does not contribute to the success of the negotiations. For its part, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has denied involvement in the incident, arguing that “Ukraine cannot take responsibility for all the mistakes, catastrophes and events that take place on Russian territory.”

Mariupol evacuation fails again

It is estimated that some 160,000 citizens have been living poorly for more than a month without basic services in Mariupol. The efforts for its evacuation continue if they bear fruit and this Friday, the team of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in charge of the rescue mission has announced that his plans have been truncated again.

Some 160,000 citizens have been living poorly for more than a month without basic services in Mariúpol

The organization has indicated in a statement that the conditions “made it impossible to continue” for the team, made up of three vehicles and nine CRIC personnel, whose mission was to escort buses with evacuated people through a humanitarian corridor.

The expedition has recognized that it cannot guarantee that the evacuation can be carried out this Saturday, although it maintains the “hope“To do this, he has demanded from both sides, in addition to a ceasefire, “the exact exit route, the exact start time and its duration.”

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