Ukraine and Russia have agreed to create humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians in a second round of talks since war broke out between the two nations last week.
“The second round of talks is over. Unfortunately, Ukraine does not have the results it needs yet. There are decisions only on the organisation of humanitarian corridors,” Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter.
Russian chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky also confirmed the news of agreement of the corridors and a possible ceasefire around them, describing the talks as “substantial progress”.
Speaking in a video call with members of his Security Council, Russian President Vladimir Putin alleged Ukrainian nationalist groups are preventing civilians from leaving.
The Russian leader said the groups were also using civilians as shields, taking up firing positions to provoke the Russian retaliatory fire.
Second round of talks between delegations from Kyiv and Moscow have ended with the two sides agreeing on creating humanitarian corridors only.
Russian troops have seized control of Kherson, in Ukraine’s south.
Several other cities, including the capital, Kyiv, northeastern Kharkiv and Mariupol, in the southeast, continue to be attacked.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukraine’s defence lines are holding.
The United Nations says more than one million people have fled Ukraine amid Russia’s assault.
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