Reducing hostilities in Ukraine

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced a reduction in hostilities in the Kiev and Chernigov directions.

Deputy Defense Minister Oleksandr Fomin, who represents the department in negotiations with the Ukrainian delegation, said:

“Due to the fact that negotiations on the preparation of an agreement on the neutrality and non-nuclear status of Ukraine, as well as on the provision of security guarantees to Ukraine, are moving into practice, <...> by the Ministry of Defense, in order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and <...> the signing of the above agreement, a decision was made to radically, at times, reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions.”

Speaking to the media, Fomin called on the Ukrainian authorities to “strictly observe the Geneva Conventions”, including those relating to the humane treatment of prisoners of war, and to exclude torture, writes RIA News.

The first day of talks between representatives of Russia and Ukraine ended in Istanbul today. The Russian delegation was still led by presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky. Before the start of negotiations, Medinsky met with the leader of the Servant of the People faction in the Verkhovna Rada, David Arakhamia.

Negotiation were held in Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace in a closed mode from the press. Adviser to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak said that intensive consultations are currently ongoing on several important issues. The key issue is an agreement on international security guarantees for Ukraine. He announced this today, March 29, at an interim briefing.

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