After all, agreement was reached on the creation of humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians from the combat zone, as Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podoliak announced on Twitter. One million Ukrainians are currently on the run, many trapped in embattled cities. Now the participants hope to finally come to a more comprehensive agreement at a third meeting. These negotiations will again take place in the Belarusian-Ukrainian border area.
During a phone call with his French colleague Emmanuel Macron, President Putin stressed that the demilitarization of Ukraine and the establishment of a neutral status are basic requirements for him. Macron then spoke to Ukrainian President Zelenskyi, who in turn called on Putin to hold direct talks: “If you don’t want to leave (with your troops from Ukraine), sit down at the negotiating table with me, I have time,” said Zelenskyi journalists. “But not at a distance of 30 meters like with (French President Emmanuel) Macron, (Chancellor Olaf) Scholz – I am a neighbor after all,” said Zelenskyj. “I do not bite. I’m a completely normal guy. Sit with me, tell me what you’re afraid of.”