The second round of Russia-Ukraine peace talks has not yet been held, and the Russian army shelled many cities in Ukraine. Russian troops shelled Ukrainian cities on Wednesday (March 2) as Russian officials said they were preparing for a second round of talks with Ukraine, while a leading Russian opposition leader called on people in Russia and around the world to target Russia Invasion of Ukraine held daily protests.
The second round of Russia-Ukraine peace talks has not yet been held, and the Russian army shelled many cities in Ukraine
Wednesday’s fighting included shelling of the southeastern port city of Mariupol and an as-yet-unconfirmed report of Russian forces’ capture of the southern city of Kherson.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video released Wednesday that a television tower next to the Niangzi Valley massacre site was hit by a missile.
“It’s inhumane. Such missile strikes show that many Russians don’t know our Kiev at all. They know nothing about our capital, our history. They were ordered to destroy our history. , our country, and all of us.”
Zelensky, a Jew, called on Jews around the world not to “keep silent” about what was happening in Ukraine.
“Because Nazism was born in silence. Scream for the murder of civilians, cry out for the murder of Ukrainians,” he said.
A spokesman for opposition leader Alexey Navalny, jailed for longtime critics of the Kremlin, posted on Navalny’s Twitter account that Russian President Vladimir Putin ” Does not represent Russia”, and the people “cannot wait any longer” in order to unite against aggression.
Navalny called on the people of “Russia, Belarus and the rest of the world” to gather in the squares of their respective cities for demonstrations.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian delegation was ready to hold a second round of talks with Ukrainian officials, after the only consensus reached in the first round earlier this week was to continue talks. A date for the second round of voting has not been set, and it is unclear whether Ukraine will participate in the talks on Wednesday.
Zelensky said Tuesday that Russia should start the truce to give a chance to talks.
“It is necessary to at least stop bombing people, that is, stop bombing, and then get to the negotiating table,” Zelensky said in a joint interview with Reuters and CNN from a heavily protected government compound in Kyiv.
The United Nations General Assembly is expected to vote on Wednesday on a resolution calling for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, while condemning Putin’s order earlier this week to place the nuclear deterrent “on high alert”.
Although the resolution is not binding, it expresses international public opinion. An earlier UN Security Council resolution with the same content failed because Russia used its veto.
More than 677,000 people, mostly women and children, have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries since Thursday, the UN refugee agency said. The agency estimates that 4 million people could eventually flee Ukraine.
The European Commission announced Wednesday that it will issue temporary detention permits to refugees, though the move is subject to approval by member states.
Ukrainian nationals with permanent residency will be allowed to live, work and educate in EU countries. This arrangement also applies to non-Ukrainian nationals who have fled Ukraine and cannot safely return to their country of origin. The rule does not apply to those who are allowed to live in Ukraine for a short period of time and can safely return to their country of origin.
“Europe welcomes all those fleeing Putin’s bomb,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “We will protect those who seek asylum and at the same time help those who seek to return home safely.”
Many of those who fled Ukraine have entered Poland. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said his country was helping “all those fleeing war, all war refugees, no matter where they came from”.
“We all treat everyone with dignity and equality because that’s the only way it should be,” he told reporters.