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Russia makes another offer on besieged Azovstal
Ukrainian fighters can exit the Mariupol steel plant at any time without weapons and ammo, Moscow says
In its fresh statement, the Defense Ministry pointed out that the offer to surrender to those inside the facility remained in place. “At any given moment, Russia is ready to introduce a ceasefire and announce a humanitarian pause in order to stage the evacuation of civilians (if they’re really staying in the underground structures of the steel plant) and troops of the Ukrainian armed forces and nationalist battalions.”

The commander of the Ukrainian marines, holed up at the plant, had earlier claimed that “hundreds” of civilians were trapped in there. He didn’t explain why the people would voluntarily decide to hide out together with Ukrainian troops, who are targeted by Russian forces.
The Ukrainian fighters and foreign mercenaries only need to raise white flags along the perimeter of Azovstal to be able to surrender. “This humanitarian offer by Russia remains in force 24/7,” according to the statement.

Ukraine talks stalled – Russia
Kiev’s statements show it does not need negotiations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said
Moscow has not received any answers from Kiev to its proposals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday, adding that Kiev’s position looks as if Ukraine does not need the peace talks at all.

His words came two days after Moscow said it forwarded Ukraine a “draft document” on a peace agreement with concrete wording. Kiev then confirmed it did receive the document and was reviewing it. However, at the time, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated he had not seen any documents containing proposals from Moscow.

The Russian foreign minister questioned Kiev’s position on the talks during a joint press-conference with his Kazakh counterpart, Mukhtar Tileuberdi. It was “very strange” for him to hear statements from Kiev, including those by aides to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, that “suggest they do not need these talks at all,” Lavrov said, describing the process of negotiations.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian presidential adviser Alexey Arestovich warned that peace talks with Moscow could be halted if Russian troops seized Mariupol, a strategically valuable port city on the Black Sea. On Tuesday, Zelensky’s aide, Mikhail Podolyak, revealed there was no set date for the resumption of the talks.

When asked to comment on these statements, Lavrov said Russia sees any “ultimatums” as unacceptable.

On Thursday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu informed President Vladimir Putin that the Russian forces and the Donbass republics’ militias have seized all of Mariupol except for the Azovstal steel plant, which has been turned into a fortress by some 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers and nationalist militants, including the neo-Nazi Azov regiment.

Meanwhile, Russian and Ukrainian top negotiators held several “lengthy conversations” on Friday, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, has confirmed. He has not elaborated on the details of the talks.

Russia has previously accused Ukraine of “constantly moving away from their words, constantly changing them," adding that the lack of “consistency” negatively affects the “effectiveness” of the negotiations.

Diplomat says Russia-Ukraine talks continue in video format almost every day
The parties discuss possible agreements on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine, its future neutral, non-aligned status, and other issues
MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. Russian-Ukrainian talks continue in video format almost every day, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's second CIS department Alexey Polishchuk said in an interview with TASS.

"Direct Russian-Ukrainian negotiations are currently ongoing. Interdepartmental delegations of the sides are discussing possible agreements on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine, its future neutral, non-aligned status, and other issues," he said, "Three face-to-face rounds were held in Belarus, which is the main venue, one in Turkey. Now the negotiations are taking place in video format almost every day".

Russian-Ukrainian talks have been held since February 28, with the Moscow delegation headed by Presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky. Several meetings were held in Belarus, and then the sides continued communicating via video-link. On March 29, a face-to-face round of negotiations took place in Istanbul. On April 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists that Kiev, having walked away from the agreements reached during negotiations in Istanbul, had sent the process into a stalemate.

Zelensky aide issues peace-talks warning
A top advisor to Ukraine’s leader said negotiations could be cut off if Russian troops capture a key coastal city
A senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that peace talks with Moscow could be halted should Russian troops seize Mariupol, a strategically valuable port city on the Black Sea.

Speaking during a Tuesday briefing, presidential adviser Alexey Arestovich discussed developments in the conflict, namely Russia’s latest push to liberate the entire territory claimed by the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics as their sovereign territory, as well as the prospect of a negotiated settlement to end the fighting.

However, if Russian troops succeed in fully taking Mariupol – a key port and the second-largest city in the Donetsk Oblast – “there may be no peace talks,” Arestovych said.

“Then our main course of action will be the complete destruction of the enemy, relying on Western aid and the fact that the Russians have no one to get the aid from,” the adviser continued.
Having seen some of the heaviest fighting throughout the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Mariupol is now largely under the control of Russian forces, with one of the last major pockets of Ukrainian troops holed up at the city’s Azovstal steel plant.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian military said it would allow those soldiers to surrender if they laid down their weapons – including fighters with “nationalist battalions” and “foreign mercenaries” – suggesting they exit the facility at noon Moscow time. It later issued another offer, pushing back the deadline while stating that the troops would be permitted to leave along a specified “humanitarian corridor,” but received no response from Ukrainian officials.

In late March, the Russian Defense Ministry declared that the first stage of its military operation in Ukraine had ended, noting that its forces would pull back from the Kiev region and focus on the “liberation of the Donbass.” Mariupol is located in the region’s southern extremity.

Arestovych, however, insisted “the battle will not go in Russia’s favor,” claiming the Donbass offensive “will fail” thanks in no small part to military assistance provided by outside powers.

In a national address on Tuesday, President Zelensky repeated demands on Western nations to step up their support, arguing “If we had access to all the weapons we need… we would have already ended this war.” He noted that he held discussions with leaders in the Netherlands and the European Union earlier in the day about providing additional assistance.

To date, the United States and allies in the NATO alliance have offered Kiev billions of dollars in arms and other military aid, including $2.6 billion from the US alone since Russia launched its offensive in late February. The latest shipments included heavy artillery, drones, military helicopters, as well as additional anti-armor and anti-aircraft munitions.

Russia sends proposal to Ukraine
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that Russia sent a draft agreement, adding that the “ball is in Ukraine’s court” now

Commenting on the stalled negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, President Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, has told journalists that Russia forwarded to Ukraine a “draft document” with concrete wording.

“The ball is in their court, we are awaiting their response,” Peskov said on Wednesday. When asked if there was a deadline for Ukraine to respond, the Russian official indicated that it was up to Kiev. He noted, however, that the “Ukrainians are not showing much inclination toward intensifying the negotiating process.”

On top of that, Peskov accused Ukraine of “constantly moving away from their words, constantly changing them.” The Kremlin spokesperson concluded that this supposed lack of consistency “is having very bad consequences in terms of the negotiations’ effectiveness.”

Peskov’s remarks echo those made earlier on Wednesday by Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, who said that Russia had lost trust in the Ukrainian negotiators. Speaking to Russia’s Rossiya 24 news channel, she used a Russian proverb ‘trust, but verify’ shortening it to just ‘verify,’ “because we haven’t had any trust in these people for a long time.”

Zakharova went on to suggest that the Ukrainian government was not acting independently but was rather controlled from outside. She described the “Kiev regime’s” handling of the talks as a “circus,” saying that the Ukrainian authorities kept changing their position. Moreover, Zakharova suggested that Kiev’s participation in the negotiations could be nothing more than a diversionary tactic. She added, however, that Moscow was “ready for that,” having seen where the Minsk agreement ended up.

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