Bilateral negotiations between Russia and Ukraine have borne fruit: the creation of humanitarian corridors to evacuate war-torn areas. This was stated by Ukrainian presidential adviser Myjailo Podoliak after the meeting with the Russian delegation in Belarus. "The second round of negotiations is over. Unfortunately, the results that Ukraine needs are not yet achieved. There is a solution only for the organization of humanitarian corridors," the Ukrainian representative tweeted. On his Telegram channel, he clarified that "the parties have reached an agreement on the joint creation of humanitarian corridors with a temporary ceasefire," according to Efe.
The second round of negotiations is over. Unfortunately, the results Ukraine needs are not yet achieved. There is a solution only for the organization of humanitarian corridors... pic.twitter.com/0vS72cwYSX— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) March 3, 2022
Thus, the second day of bilateral negotiations ended with one of the three objectives of the Ukrainian side achieved and with the hope of meeting again for a third session. According to the demands also tweeted by the Ukrainian adviser, the corridors will be used "for the evacuation of civilians from cities and towns that have been destroyed or under constant shelling", which in turn implies a temporary ceasefire to ensure the safety of the displaced. In this regard, Podoliak wanted to emphasize that "there is a possibility that a temporary ceasefire will take place for a period of evacuation in some areas." However, Ukraine also demanded an immediate ceasefire and an armistice. The second round of talks between Russia and Ukraine on the Russian invasion took place at Belovezhskaya Pushcha, in the Belarus region of Brest, near the Polish border, on the eighth day of the war. As was the case in the first round of negotiations on 28th February, Ukrainian representatives attended the meeting dressed in khaki casual clothes, while the Russian delegation wore formal attire.
Start talking to Russian representatives. The key issues on the agenda:— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) March 3, 2022
1. Immediate ceasefire
3. Humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians from destroyed or constantly shelled villages/cities. pic.twitter.com/Pv0ISNjsod
For its part, Russia is demanding the "demilitarization and denazification" of Ukraine, as well as recognition of Russian sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula, annexed in 2014, and the independence of the two "people's republics" in Eastern Ukraine, in addition to the neutral status of Ukraine with respect to NATO. At the same time, Russian president Vladimir Putin believes that "the special military operation is progressing in strict accordance with the timetable, according to the plans. All the proposed missions have been successfully carried out," he said at a meeting of the Russian security council.