ISTANBUL: Russia has announced a major reduction in its aggression around the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, and the city of Chernihiv.
According to the BBC, Ukrainian and Russian negotiators met for the first time in weeks in Turkey on Tuesday and resumed direct talks. Russia said it would reduce its aggression in Kyiv and other cities.
According to reports, Russia’s deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin said Moscow had decided to “fundamentally reduce” operations to boost mutual trust in talks aimed at ending the fighting.
According to reports, during the peace talks in Istanbul, Turkey, Russian officials said that this decision will increase mutual trust and enable the talks to continue.
Ukrainian officials, meanwhile, called for a ceasefire to enable thousands of civilians to be evacuated from besieged towns and cities that have been bombed by Russian forces.
In addition, during the talks, Ukraine proposed to adopt a neutral position with international guarantees.
On the other hand, US President Joe Biden said after Russia’s announcement that we do not believe in words, we will believe when it is implemented.
In addition, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Russia’s decision will be believed not by words but by its actions.
It should be noted that Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, after which millions of people began to migrate, while hundreds of people lost their lives.
Earlier on Monday, a separatist leader in the eastern part of Ukraine has said his region wants a referendum on reunification with Russia.
The head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, Leonid Pesechnik, said his region could soon hold a referendum on whether voters would be in favoUr of making the region part of Russia.