Ukraine rules out ceding territory to Russia to secure peace

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Wednesday that any peace deal would not include ceding territory to Russia and that no peace talks were taking place between Moscow and Kyiv.

Ukraine rules out ceding territory to Russia to secure peace

“The goal of Ukraine in this war… is to liberate our territories, restore our territorial integrity, and full sovereignty in Ukraine’s east and south,” he said at a press conference. “This is where our negotiating position ends.”

Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, took control of the eastern Ukrainian province of Luhansk this month and hopes to capture all territory it does not yet control in neighboring Donetsk, the other province in the industrial Donbas region.

Kuleba stated in an interview published earlier on Wednesday, prior to talks in Istanbul involving Ukrainian, Russian, Turkish, and United Nations officials, that a deal to resume grain exports halted by Russia appeared to be very close.

However, he made it clear at Wednesday’s press conference that broader peace talks had been halted.

“There are currently no peace talks between Russia and Ukraine due to Russia’s position and its continued aggression against our country,” Kuleba explained.

When asked about the Canadian government’s decision to return a repaired turbine to Germany, which is required for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany, Kuleba said Kiev had told Berlin and Ottawa that this was a “mistake.”

The Canadian government announced on Saturday that it was issuing a “time-limited and revocable permit” to exempt the return of turbines from Russian sanctions, as Europe seeks to maintain energy flows until it can wean itself off Russian gas.

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