West News Wire: On Thursday, Russia and Ukraine began peace talks after several hours of talks ended with neither side agreeing to a cease-fire, and the war raged on.

The Russian and Ukrainian delegations met for the second time in four days in the Belarusian city of Brest.

“The second round of talks has come to an end. Regrettably, Ukraine’s desired outcomes have yet to be realized “Mykhailo Podolyak, Ukraine’s presidential adviser, tweeted after the meeting.

Russia’s foreign minister stated that any peace accord with Ukraine must include a commitment from Ukraine to “demilitarise.” Russia has also indicated that it wants to talk about Ukraine adopting a “neutral status” and agreeing to drop its plans to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Prior to the meeting, Podolyak posted on Twitter that Ukraine’s priorities in the talks are an “immediate cease-fire,” an armistice and “humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians.” Ukrainian officials have previously said they want Russia to withdraw all troops from Ukraine.

Following the meeting, Podolyak tweeted the talks did produce a “solution only for the organization of humanitarian corridors.”

During a televised briefing on Thursday with foreign journalists, including news reporters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia is ready to negotiate.

Lavrov said Russia would continue its military operation while the talks were ongoing, saying it cannot allow “military infrastructure” to remain in Ukraine as a threat to Russia.

He said any peace agreement must include a point on Ukraine’s “demilitarization.”

Zelenskyy on Thursday expressed no interest in demilitarizing and issued a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“You will repay everything you did against Ukraine in full,” Zelenskyy said in a televised news conference. “And we will not forget those who perished and God won’t.”

Zelenskyy said he is ready to meet and talk directly with Putin and repeated his calls for a “no-fly” zone over Ukraine immediately, saying it would act as a deterrent.

In an earlier statement posted on Facebook, Zelenskyy said, “We are a nation that broke the enemy’s plans in a week” and praised his military forces and Ukrainian civilians who have taken up arms to defend the country.

Putin said in a televised meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday that his “special military operation is going strictly in accordance with the schedule, with the plan.”

“All objectives are being successfully attained,” Putin said.

As he has done previously, Putin called Ukrainians and Russians “one people” and that his troops are fighting against “neo-Nazis,” a claim that has been debunked by the United States and its Western allies.


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