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Ukraine ready for ceasefire talks: Ukraine

Update : 26 Feb 2022, 13:05

A spokesman for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced the country is prepared to hold ceasefire and peace talks with Russia immediately.

The statement comes hours after the Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to send a delegation to Belarus' Minsk for talks with Kyiv.

Zelensky's spokesperson Serhiy Nykyforov said Russian and Ukrainian officials are currently discussing a time and place for talks to be held. He denied reports the country had refused a Russian offer to explore peace talks.

The Ukrainian president’s spokesman, Serhiy Nykyforov, said on Facebook: “I have to deny statements that we have refused to hold talks.

“Ukraine was and remains ready to talk about the end to fighting and about peace. This is our unchanged position.

“We agreed to the offer by the Russian president. Right at this moment, the sides are consulting on the place and time of holding the negotiating process.

“The sooner the talks begin, the more chances there will be to restore normal life.”

"Ukraine has been and remains ready to talk about a ceasefire and peace. This is our constant position," said President Volodymyr Zelensky's spokesperson Sergii Nykyforov. 

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Russia`s offer was an attempt to conduct diplomacy "at the barrel of a gun", and that President Vladimir Putin`s military must stop bombing Ukraine if it was serious about negotiations.

The diplomatic overtures stood in stark contrast to events unfolding on the ground and Putin`s harsh rhetoric against Ukrainian leaders, including a call for a coup by the country`s military.

Earlier on Friday, Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said the country wants peace and is ready for talks with Russia, including on neutral status regarding Nato.

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