(LibertySociety.com) – On February 28, Russian and Ukrainian leaders met on the Belarusian border to discuss a ceasefire and a Russian force withdrawal. According to Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, both sides should remain secure while discussing an end to the conflict between the two countries. Ukraine demanded Russia remove its troops from the country and asked for an immediate ceasefire, but the aggressor has yet to back down. Negotiations ended in a stalemate, but both parties agreed to think about meeting for a second time.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office announced Russia still wants to continue the “destructive processes it launched.”
NEW: Ukraine demanded an immediate ceasefire and Russian troop withdrawal on Monday, as a delegation arrived for talks with Russia at the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, per Ukrainian presidency statement. Ukrainian delegation includes Defense Minister Reznikov, Zelensky not present
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 28, 2022
Neither Zelenskyy nor Russian President Vladimir Putin were at the negotiation table but sent other high-ranking officials to negotiate in their absences. Meanwhile, NATO forces continue to support Ukraine by sending air-defense missiles and anti-tank weapons to fend off the Russian troops. The Kremlin was not happy about the Ukrainian support and accused the European Union of further destabilizing the region.
Russia showed no signs of slowing down its invasion before or after negotiations. On February 28, President Joe Biden announced he would have a conference call with other allied leaders to decide whether or not NATO will consider letting Ukraine join its group upon Zelenskyy’s request.
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