- US urges Ukraine to open dialogue with Russia-map
- Refusal to talk to Putin risks Ukraine support-Washington Post
- State Dept says Russia escalates war, not serious about rhetoric
- A Russian attack could mean the surrender of Kherson city
WASHINGTON/KYIV, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The United States has encouraged Ukraine to show openness to talks with Russia, the Washington Post reported, as the State Department said Moscow had stepped up war and do not want to make peace. chat.
The newspaper cited unnamed sources as saying that the request from the US officials was not aimed at pushing Ukraine to the meeting, but a measure to ensure that Kyiv maintains support carry on from other peoples.
U.S. and Ukrainian officials have confirmed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s ban on talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin has raised concerns in parts of Europe, Africa and Latin America. The war’s impact on food and fuel prices has been felt sharply, the Post said.
“Ukraine weakness is a real concern for some of our partners,” an unnamed U.S. official said.
Zelenskiy signed a decree on October 4 declaring that the prospect of Ukrainian talks with Putin “is impossible” but leaving the door open for talks with Russia.
The White House’s Department of Homeland Security had no immediate comment on the accuracy of the report.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Security responded: “We have said it before and will say it again: Actions speak louder than words. If Russia is ready for negotiations, it must stop its bombs and rockets and withdraw its troops from Ukraine.
“The Kremlin continues to fuel this war. The Kremlin has shown its unwillingness to engage in negotiations since before it launched its all-out attack on Ukraine.”
The spokesman also noted the speech by Zelenskiy on Friday, in which he said: “We are ready for peace, for justice and fairness, the standards that we have talked about a lot frequency.”
In his late-night address to the Ukrainian people on Friday, Zelenskiy added: “The world knows our work. This is respect for the UN Charter, respect for our land, respect for our people.”
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said during a visit to Kyiv on Friday that Washington’s support for Ukraine will remain “unchanged and unwavering” after Tuesday’s elections in the center of the country.
The United States has announced $400 million worth of additional security assistance to Ukraine, including repairs to T-72 tanks from the Czech Republic and missiles for the HAWK air defense system that came voluntarily used against Russian drones and cruise missiles.
The new aid brings U.S. military aid to Kyiv to more than $18.2 billion since the invasion.
In the latest sign of Russian evacuation in one of the most bitter conflict areas in Ukraine, Putin announced the approval of the evacuation of citizens from the of Ukraine’s southern Kherson region on Friday.
This is the first time Putin has approved an individual evacuation, although Moscow has ferried people out of the area it controls in Kherson on the west bank of the Dnipro river.
Last week Russia said the evacuation zone also included a 15-km (10-mile) buffer zone on the east coast.
Kyiv says the measures include the deportation of civilians, a war crime, which Russia denies.
Putin’s comments came amid signs that Russia may be ready to abandon its military presence west of the Dnipro, including the city of Kherson.
The regional capital is the only major city Russia has been under constant arrest since it launched a coup in February. His loss to Russian forces would be one of the war’s greatest.
Photos have surfaced on the Internet showing the main building in Kherson city with Russia’s flag not flying above it. Kyiv is wary, saying such signs could be a Russian trick to lure the Ukrainian army into a trap.
The heaviest fighting in the past week has occurred around Bakhmut and Soledar, in the eastern Donetsk region about 500 km (300 miles) northeast of Kherson, Zelenskiy said late on Friday.
Posted by Reuters bureauaux; Written by Michael Perry; Edited by William Mallard
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