Russia Plays Down Progress in Peace Talks, Intensifies Attacks in Eastern Ukraine

Fighting remained fierce around the strategically important city of Mariupol, Ukraine, on Wednesday. ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/REUTERS

Moscow dismissed a diplomatic overture by Ukraine in peace talks, while Russian forces hit targets around Kyiv on Wednesday despite saying they would limit attacks there as they stepped up ground and air assaults in eastern portions of the country.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said talks Tuesday in Turkey between Ukrainian and Russian delegates didn’t represent a turning point in the conflict. “No one said that the sides have made headway,” he said. “We can’t point to anything particularly promising.”

Publish : 2022-03-31 15:05:00

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