Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, requested an end of hostilities as the delegations from Ukraine and Russia resumed their ‘peace talks’ in Istanbul. In an address he delivered early on March 29, the Turkish leader said that developments in the negotiations could set the scene for a meeting between the leaders of the two nations.
Mr. Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart reached a compromise in a phone-call on March 27 for Istanbul to host the meeting, which Ankara anticipates would lead to a cease-fire in embattled Ukraine.
According to the Turkish leader, there’ll be no losers in a just peace. And extending the fight isn’t in the interest of anyone. As delegation members, the two countries’ leaders have undertaken a significant responsibility. The entire world is in anticipation of the good news that will emerge from the current round of talks.
The Russian and Ukrainian delegations are planned to hold 2-days of discussion in a government building adjacent to Dolmabahce Palace, which served as the Ottoman Empire’s main administrative center from 1856-1887 and 1909-1922.
The previous round of Russia-Ukraine talks, held by video or in-person in Belarus, failed to put an end to Russian monthlong aggression that has taken the lives of thousands of civilians and forced over ten million from their homes, including around 4M from Ukraine to neighboring European nations.
The fate of the Donbass Region
Before the fresh round of ‘peace talks,’ the Ukrainian leader said that his country is ready to declare its neutral status, as Russia has demanded, and is willing to compromise on Donbass’ fate, the contested region in Eastern Ukraine.
Moreover, Putin’s Russia has destroyed over sixty religious structures countrywide in a monthlong conflict, according to the Ukrainian forces. The military said in a Tuesday post that the Eastern Orthodox Church, the 2nd-largest Christian church, with around 220M baptized members; also, the country’s majority religion, was the worst affected but that shuls or temples, protestant churches, mosques were also damaged. And in a map produced by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the most destruction appears around the Capital City and in the Eastern region of the country.
UN Calls for Humanitarian Cessation of Hostilities in Ukraine
The U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has launched an initiative to instantly look for probable arrangements for a humanitarian ceasefire in the post-Soviet country to permit let the delivery of greatly needed assistance and set the scene for serious political engagement to halt the brutal war. Also, he said on 28th March that he asked Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator to explore the likelihood of a truce with Ukraine and Russia. Antonio Guterres said he had already made some contacts.
By an overwhelming majority of around 140 countries out of 193, the United Nations General Assembly has twice asked for an immediate cease-fire in embattled Ukraine, first time on 2nd March & secondly on 24th March, and the U.N. Chief told the media that he ponders this’s the time for the largest intergovernmental organization to assume the initiative.
Since the Russian military’s all-out attack on Ukraine on 24th February, Mr. Guterres said there had been a pointless loss of numerous lives, dislocation of around 10M Ukrainians, including nearly 4M people fleeing the country, systemic devastation of residential buildings, hospitals, schools, and shooting energy and food prices all over the world.