The President of Ukraine Volodomyr Zelensky told Russian troops they would be treated “decently” if they surrender.
The fifth round of negotiations took place on Monday, March 14th and according to Zelensky, the latest deliberations went “pretty good” and will persist in the upcoming days. Russian troops have been continuing their attack through Ukraine from many directions and according to U.S officials, Ukrainians are exerting a “stiff resistance”, led by Zelensky.
Prior to these promising negotiation words from President Zelensky, an airstrike carried out by Russia on Sunday, March 13th targeting the Yavoriv International Center for Peacekeeping and security led the Pentagon press secretary John Kirby to conclude that Russian forces are “broadening their target sets.” The Yavoriv International Center for Peacekeeping and security is the training facility of the ground forces of Ukraine.
The governor of Lviv, Maksym Kozytskiy reported at least 35 people dead in the attack on Yavoriv and another 134 injured.
Located in western Ukraine, about 10 miles from the Polish border, and an hour from Lviv, these airstrikes have made NATO government officials anxiously presume that Russia might expand their attacks throughout the whole of Ukraine, targeting every major city.
On Tuesday, March 15th, Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko announced a 35-hour curfew after the UK’s ministry of defense stated that Russia seems to be on the path to “consolidate political control” in Ukraine. As stated by the mayor of Kyiv, “the capital is the heart of Ukraine, and it will be defended. Kyiv, which is currently the symbol and forward operating base of Europe's freedom and security, will not be given up by us.”
The curfew has been consolidated to begin on Tuesday, March 15th at 8 pm local time (6pm GMT), and will proceed until 7am on Thursday (5am GMT). For the remainder of Ukrainains in Kyiv, “It is prohibited to move around the city without special permission, except to go to bomb shelters," the mayor said.
The state-controlled Russian news agency RIA has disclosed that Leonid Slutsky, a Russian delegate associated in peace negotiations with Ukraine also stated: “According to my personal expectations, this progress may grow in the coming days into a joint position of both delegations, into documents for signing."
As of March 13th, 2022, the Office of The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) confirmed a total of 636 civilian deaths during Russia's military attack on Ukraine, including 46 children.
Whether these peace negotiations will proceed and lead to a halt of this military invasion is unclear.
Both sides have only been disclosing just enough information to the general public.
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