Russia, Ukraine Peace Talks At ‘Dead End,’ Putin Says

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  • There was simply no choice, it was only a matter of time before it will begin.
  • Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday that they’re investigating unconfirmed reports that the Russian military has used “phosphorus munitions”.
  • More military vehicles were gathering in Russia’s Rostov region and moving toward Ukraine’s Donbas, where Ukrainian officials said Monday that Moscow is planning for a new offensive campaign.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed peace talks with Ukraine had come to a “dead end,” accusing Kyiv of breaking earlier promises as reported by UPI.

News conference

He made the comments during a joint news conference at the Vostochny Cosmodrome with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

The two allies met at the spaceport to talk with rocket and space industry representatives, state-run Tass news agency reported.

“There was simply no choice, it was only a matter of time when it will begin.”

Putin acknowledged and justified the offensive in eastern Ukraine by saying that Russian forces must protect separatists there.

Putin has falsely been saying since the war began that his military is on a “peacekeeping” mission.

Main goal

Putin said that the “main goal” of the war is to “help people” in Ukraine’s Donbas region.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday that they’re investigating unconfirmed reports that the Russian military has used “phosphorus munitions” in the key southern port city of Mariupol, which would be the first time chemical weapons have been used in the seven-week war.

Phosphorus munitions are banned by international law from being used in civilian areas.

“We know there is evidence that bodies disappear from the streets,” he said in televised remarks. 

We know that there are so-called ‘concentration places’ where they hide bodies and they then plan to destroy the evidence of tortures they committed in the city of Mariupol.

We call it ‘genocide,’ we call it ‘war crime.’

New offensive campaign

More military vehicles were gathering in Russia’s Rostov region and moving toward Ukraine’s Donbas, where Ukrainian officials said Monday that Moscow is planning for a new offensive campaign.

Putin declared both areas independent in February just days before the invasion.

“The big offensive de facto has already started.”

Attempts to clear civilians from war zones have failed in many cases because of continued fighting after humanitarian corridors had been negotiated.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said last weekend that 1,800 civilians have been killed and 2,500 have been injured since the start of the war.

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Source: UPI

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