Russia-Ukraine War News Highlights: Turkey ready to assist in negotiations, President Erdogan tells Zelenskyy
Russia-Ukraine War Live Today News, Ukraine Russia Updates, World War 3 News, 24 Apr: The Turkish President said the evacuation of the wounded and civilians in Ukraine's Mariupol must be ensured, adding that Turkey viewed the guarantor issue positively in principle.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with his Ukrainian counterpart in Kyiv, Ukraine. Erdogan visited Ukraine before the Russian invasion. (Reuters)
Russia Ukraine War Crisis: Turkey is ready to give all possible assistance during the negotiation process between Ukraine and Russia, President Tayyip Erdogan told Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a telephone call, the Turkish presidency said on Sunday. Erdogan said the evacuation of the wounded and civilians in Ukraine’s Mariupol must be ensured, adding that Turkey viewed the guarantor issue positively in principle. Ukraine has sought security guarantees from various countries during talks.
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Meanwhile, Russia resumed its assault on the last Ukrainian defenders holed up in a giant steel works in Mariupol, days after Moscow declared victory in the southern city and said its forces did not need to take the plant. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the country’s army was not ready to try to break through the siege of the port city.
He said America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, would visit Kyiv on Sunday and discuss the types of weapons Ukraine needs as Russia’s invasion enters its third month.”As soon as we have (more weapons), as soon as there are enough of them, believe me, we will immediately retake this or that territory, which is temporarily occupied,” Zelenskiy told a Saturday evening news conference. The White House has not confirmed any travel plans for Blinken and Austin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will next week meet with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is set to visit Moscow on Monday. Follow live updates on the Russia-Ukraine war here.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia's invasion of his country was just the beginning and that Moscow has designs on capturing other countries, after a Russian general said it wants full control over southern Ukraine.
"All the nations that, like us, believe in the victory of life over death must fight with us. They must help us, because we are the first in line. And who will come next?" Zelenskyy said in a video address late on Friday.
Rustam Minnekayev, deputy commander of Russia's central military district, was quoted by Russian state news agencies as saying full control over southern Ukraine would give it access to Transnistria, a breakaway Russian-occupied part of Moldova in the west. That would cut off Ukraine's entire coastline and mean Russian forces pushing hundreds of miles west beyond current lines, past the major Ukrainian coastal cities of Mykolaiv and Odesa. The statement was one of the most detailed about Moscow's ambitions in Ukraine and suggests Russia does not plan to wind down its offensive there anytime soon.
On Twitter, Ukraine's defence ministry said Minnekayev's comments showed Russia was no longer hiding its intentions. Moscow, it said, had now "acknowledged that the goal of the 'second phase' of the war is not victory over the mythical Nazis, but simply the occupation of eastern and southern Ukraine. Imperialism as it is."Russia says it is conducting a "special military operation" to demilitarise Ukraine and liberate its population from dangerous nationalists.
Ukraine and its Western allies call Russia's February 24 invasion an unjustified war of aggression. Moldova's foreign ministry said it had summoned Moscow's ambassador on Friday to express "deep concern" about the general's comments. Moldova was neutral, it said. Moldova last month applied to join the European Union, charting a pro-Western course hastened by Russia's invasion.
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