Ukraine agreed to meet with Russia near the Belarusian border for discussions.

According to reports, Ukraine and Russia have agreed to meet for talks near the Belarusian border in an attempt to cease Moscow’s invasion as Russian troops continue to attack.

During a phone discussion with Belarus’ authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy agreed to send a delegation to meet with Russian negotiators, according to a representative for the president’s office.

According to the spokeswoman, the two sides have agreed to meet today at the Pripyat river on the border north of Chernobyl, which is now under Russian military control.

Officials from Russia’s diplomatic and defense ministries, as well as the presidential administration, make up the Russian delegation.

The meeting would be the first between the two countries since Russian President Vladimir Putin took office.

“I will be honest, as always: I do not really believe in the outcome of this meeting, but let them try,” Zelenskyy said. He added that if there was a “chance” to end war, he should take part in the talks.

Ukraine had earlier rejected a proposal from Russia to hold the talks in the southern Belarusian city of Gomel, on the grounds that Belarus is directly involved in Russia’s attack, having hosted the Russian invasion force that is now moving south on Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and letting Russia fire missiles from its territory.

The Kremlin has signaled it wants to hold talks where Zelenskyy will discuss “neutral status” for Ukraine, in effect hoping to negotiate Kyiv’s terms of surrender. But Zelenskyy’s administration has said while it wants talks to end the killing in Ukraine, it will not make concessions.

“We will not surrender, we will not capitulate, we will not give up a single inch of our territory,” Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, said at a press conference.

While brokering the meeting, Zelenskyy said Lukashenko has promised that no missiles or aircraft would carry out strikes on Ukraine while the negotiations were underway. But in an unpromising sign for the talks, Ukrainian officials said Belarus had launched at least two Iskander ballistic missiles at Ukraine on Sunday after the agreement to meet was reached.

 

It was also Lukasheko who suggested that Russian and Ukrainian delegations meet at Belarus-Ukraine border, Zelenskyy said, adding that though he is not optimistic a resolution will be reached

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