The Talk May Need a Bit More Work Between Russia and Ukraine

On Monday, leaders of Russia and Ukraine met at the Ukrainian-Belarusian border to cover diplomatic plans involving the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin did not meet in this meeting. The delegates of each nation visited on Monday – the topics of discussion were not yet revealed. Kyiv faces conflict as citizens are forced to stay inside. With Russian soldiers taking over the city, Ukrainian citizens cannot go outside because they will be risked being labeled as the enemy.

Major cities continued on getting attacks overnight. Representative Andy Kim, a former member of the National Security Council, said, “I think we’re seeing a lot of that will to fight on the Ukrainian side and hopefulness about things. I think, you know, they’re going to come up against some real challenges here, just as this battle continues. I think there was a sense from this briefing that Russia, while they’ve had some setbacks, they have amassed so much force that they, over time, they continue to be able to just wear down the Ukrainians, especially if the Ukrainians are going to have difficulty in terms of getting resupply and other efforts there.”

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that helicopters and weapons in Belarus will remain there during the Ukrainian conflict. Some Ukrainians don’t trust President Lukashenko because in the past, he told RyanAir to stop flying to detain a journalist. Kharkiv also faced the Russian attacks, killing at least nine civilians. Many Western countries look down on Putin’s actions in Ukraine, but it is important to realize that both Ukraine and Russia do not have a treaty that bans cluster munitions.

At least 500,000 Ukranians fled to the west. The surrounding nations near Ukraine are welcoming refugees with open arms. Russian troops continue to emerge from Crimea, hitting Berdiansk and Zaporizhzhia. Despite this, resistance by the Ukrainian people occurred which allowed the conquering of major ports and cities to slow down.

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