The Russian President Vladimir Putin has “finally agreed” to meet with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for face to face negotiations.
BBC correspondent Lysa Doucet said Putin is now believed to have caved to his top diplomats and he has now accepted that he will have to attend negotiations in person “at some point.”
Speaking to BBC’s Broadcasting House, Doucet said, “The diplomats are talking, the negotiators are talking.
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“And we understand they are making progress. And we understand President Putin has finally agreed that he will meet, at some point, President Zelensky who has been asking for a meeting since January.
“He hasn’t said it in public, he says quite the opposite in public.
“But we understand there’s many, many eager mediators – everyone wants the prize of saying they brought this war to an end.”
She added, “The Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet is very busy, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is very busy.
“They’ve said privately their understanding is that President Putin will meet President Zelensky when the time is right.
“But the time is not right now.”
Ukraine’s deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration warned that Ukrainian forces are giving Russian soldiers “severe attacks” and further warned that the situation is “becoming more and more severe.”
Olha Stefanishyna told Sophy Ridge On Sunday on Sky News, “Russia has committed nearly all possible war crimes which humanity has seen over the Second World War.
“The number of civilian victims is far more than those from the armed forces of Ukraine. It is absolutely essential that no one is getting used to the war.
“We’ve said we will resist and we will go stronger regardless of any attempt by the Russian Federation, which has failed so far in its majority.”
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said talks are nearing to an agreement on “critical” issues and he was hopeful for a ceasefire.
Cavusoglu told Turkish daily Hurriyet there had been “rapprochement in the positions of both sides on important subjects, critical subjects.”
He added, “We can say we are hopeful for a ceasefire if the sides do not take a step back from the current positions.”