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War in Ukraine: No agreement on Putin-Zelensky meeting, says adviser to Ukrainian president

War in Ukraine: No agreement on Putin-Zelensky meeting, says adviser to Ukrainian president

No agreement has been reached on a meeting between the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putinas reported by the Interfax agency, citing the adviser to the Ukrainian presidency Mikhail Pontolyak.

“The time of the meeting between the presidents of the two countries and the context of this meeting have not yet been decided”Podoliak, who is a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the peace talks with Russia, was quoted as saying.

Pontoliak said they are continuing consultations at working group level.

Earlier today, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said that Ankara hopes that Zelenski and Putin will meet in the coming days..

Azovstal as Dunkirk: Dramatic call for evacuation of steel

In the midst of a constant Russian pounding of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupolcommander of the 36th Ukrainian Marine Battalion, made a dramatic call for the factory to be evacuated, saying that more than 600 civilians and fighters had been injured without medication and that there were no clear conditions for their treatment.

Through his Facebook page, Serhiy Volina called for the evacuation of the steel industry – as happened during World War II in Dunkirk – saying that hundreds of civilians, including children, were living in unsanitary conditions and in unhealthy water and in unhealthy water.

The Russian pounding at Azofstal in Mariupol continues

The Russian forces They are pounding the huge Azofstal steel plant in Mariupol, where the last defenders of the city of this southern Ukraine, as well as some civilians, have sought refuge, according to a local official.

Mariupol Deputy Mayor Petro Andriutshenko pointed out that Russian airstrikes on the plant have not stoppeddespite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that there is no reason for Russian forces to invade it after declaring their victory in Mariupol.

Putin warning

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned today Wednesday (27/4) that Any countries attempting to intervene in Ukraine will face a swift response from Russia and stated that all decisions on how Moscow would react to such a situation have already been taken.

Speaking to lawmakers in St. Petersburg, Putin said the West wanted to cut Russia into pieces and accused it of pushing Ukraine into conflict with Russia.

Referring to the sanctions imposed by the West, he said that the ruble, the banking system, the transport sector and the Russian economy as a whole have withstood the sanctions imposed on Moscow and promised a response to the efforts to isolate Russia.

Russia’s Economy Ministry expects gross domestic product (GDP) to shrink by 8.8% in 2022 according to the baseline scenario or by 12.4% according to a more conservative scenario, according to a document seen by Reuters. which shows that the pressures exerted by sanctions have an impact.

Source: News Beast