An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council convened to discuss Ukraine’s humanitarian situation

An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council convened to discuss Ukraine's humanitarian situation

New York [US]March 17 (ANI): Following a request from six , including the , the United States, , , Ireland and , an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has been called at 15:00 ET (19:30 IST) at Thursday to discuss the humanitarian situation .

“United Kingdom and [Albania, France, Ireland, Norway, and the United States] has called for a meeting of the Security Council on Ukraine. Russia commits war crimes and targets civilians. Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine is a threat to all of us, “Britain’s permanent UN delegation said on its page.

The development takes place in the midst of Russia’s and Ukraine’s continued efforts to reach a negotiated solution through the talks held in Belarus.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said earlier today that negotiations for peace between Russia and Ukraine are ongoing but quite difficult, reported the news agency Sputnik.

“Negotiations are still ongoing. Negotiations are quite difficult, and the current terms of the negotiations, I would say they continue,” Zelenskyy said on Wednesday when asked about the status of the peace talks.

While the fourth round of talks continued on Wednesday, some details emerged that suggest that the talks may reach some success with a Ukrainian delegation member who says the two sides are now willing to reach a compromise.

“The positions of the parties were very different and we have only just begun to reach some kind of compromise,” Ukrainian delegation member Mykhailo Podolyak told Ukraine 24 broadcaster, adding that and Moscow will reach a peace agreement sooner or later, Sputnik reported.

Podolyak also later tweeted that a draft peace plan circulating in the media demanding serious concessions from Ukraine was in fact only a draft at the request of the Russian side.

“In short. FT published a draft, which represents the requesting position of the Russian side. Nothing more. The side has its own positions. The only thing we confirm at this stage is a ceasefire, withdrawal of Russian troops and security guarantees from a number of countries,” the tweet said. .

Earlier in the day, the head of the Russian delegation, Assistant President Vladimir Medinsky, said that the preservation and development of Ukraine’s neutral status, the country’s demilitarization, and issues related to the size of the Ukrainian army had been discussed in talks. The Ukrainian side proposed “the Austrian, Swedish version of a neutral demilitarized state, but still a state with its own armed forces and navy,” he said. Kremlin spokesman said later today that this option “can be seen as a real compromise,” Sputnik reported.

“[Ukraine’s] “Neutral status is now being seriously discussed in connection with security guarantees, of course,” Russian Foreign Minister said on Wednesday.

A business spirit in the talks gives hope that it will be possible to agree on the issue of Ukraine’s neutral status, the minister added. (ANI)


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