Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, alerted his people early on April 2 that the receding Russian military was creating a complete disaster outside Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, as they left mines all over the territory, including around dead bodies and homes. Zelenskyy told his people of the possible danger as the humanitarian disaster in the surrounded port city of Mariupol deepened, with Putin’s military hindering operations to evacuate civilians for the consecutive two days.
In the meantime, Moscow blamed Ukrainian forces for carrying out a helicopter attack on a Russian fuel depot. But Kyiv denied responsibility for the fiery explosion, but if Kremlin’s assertion is confirmed, it would be the unprovoked war’s foremost known strike in which a Ukrainian jet entered Russian skies.
More than a month after Moscow started sending upwards of 150K of its military personnel across the border with Ukraine, Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Kremlin, said that, indeed, this isn’t something that could be supposed as generating comfortable conditions for the persistence of negotiations.
Moreover, Moscow continued pulling out some of its ground personnel on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital after saying earlier in the week it would scale back its military operations near the Northern city of Chernihiv and capital, Kyiv.
In his nightly virtual address to his people, the Ukrainian leader said that Russians are mining the entire territory; they’re mining equipment; they’re mining homes and even the corpses. He said there are numerous tripwires too. According to the Ukrainian forces, it had regained twenty-nine settlements in Chernihiv and Kyiv areas.
Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks Resume
The post-Soviet country of Ukraine and its allies still cautioned that Moscow isn’t deescalating to promote self-confidence at the negotiating table, as it asserted, but instead resupplying and repositioning its forces to the Eastern region of the country. Those arrangements seem to be preparation for an escalated brutal assault on the mostly Russian-speaking south-eastern part of Donbass in Ukraine’s East, which includes besieged city of Mariupol.
The Ukrainian leader cautioned his people of challenging fights ahead as Russia redeploys forces. He said that Ukraine is preparing for even more active defense. In addition, Zelenskyy didn’t express anything regarding the latest round of peace talks, which occurred virtually on Friday.
At the previous rounds of talks, Kyiv said it would be ready to abandon an offer to join the Western military alliance and declare itself neutral, that’s Russia’s key demand, in return for security assurances from numerous other nations. Russia’s all-out incursion has killed thousands of civilians and forced over four million refugees into the neighboring European countries.
Furthermore, Kyiv says Russian and Ukrainian officials, in order to explore the way for putting an end to the brutal war in Ukraine, held peace talks on the First of April by video but provided no more details. The meeting follows March 26’s in-person negotiations in Turkey, which were described as ‘positive’ by officials from both Ukraine and Turkey.