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Zelensky urges ‘meaningful negotiations on peace’ with Russia

By IANS Updated: Mar 19, 2022 10:17 am
Mariupol : In this satellite photo from Planet Labs PBC, a fire from a suspected Russian strike is seen on an apartment block on the eastern side of Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, March 17, 2022. Mariupol has been the scene of intense fighting since Russia began its war on Ukraine. AP/PTI

Kiev, March 19 (IANS): As Moscow’s war on Kiev entered the 24th day on Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged “meaningful negotiations on peace” with Russia.

In his nightly video address posted early Saturday on Facebook, the President said: “Meaningful negotiations on peace, on security for us, for Ukraine – are the only chance for Russia to reduce the damage from its own mistakes.

“It’s time to meet. Time to talk. It is time to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine. Otherwise, Russia’s losses will be so huge that several generations will not be enough to rebound.”

Zelensky’s remarks come as Russia has continued its assault on Ukraine, targeting major cities and infrastruction.

The Mayor of Mariupol, one of the worst-affected, has confirmed that fighting had reached the centre of the city, with more than 80 per cent of residential buildings were either damaged or destroyed due to Russian bombardment, the BBC reported.

Hundreds of people were still trapped in the basement of a theatre in Mariupol which was bombed by Russia on Thursday.

According to Zelensky, Russian shelling has prevented Mariupol authorities from establishing effective humanitarian corridors to the besieged city.

By IANS Updated: Mar 19, 2022 10:17:43 am