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Ukraine would maintain peace talks “tomorrow” if Russia pulls out of all Ukrainian territory, Volodymyr Zelensky has mentioned at a peace summit in Switzerland.

The two-day summit was held to speed up efforts to finish the battle in Ukraine, and got here to an in depth on Sunday with dozens of nations committing to Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

It comes as three civilians have been killed by Russian forces in a strike on the Donetsk area as Vladimir Putin is accused of “seducing the West”.

The head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration Vadym Filashkin, mentioned on Telegram that Russian troopers killed three residents and injured 5 others in Ulakly.

He added: “Total number of victims of Russia in Donetsk oblast doesn’t include killed and injured in Mariupol and Volnovakha. #StopRussia #RussiaKillsCivilians.”

War analysts have known as Mr Putin’s purported curiosity in peace negotiations merely a hole try to “seduce” the West.

Russian president Mr Putin mocked the summit as “just another ploy to divert everyone’s attention, reverse the cause and effect of the Ukrainian crisis (and) set the discussion on the wrong track.”

Zelensky says Kyiv would hold peace talks tomorrow if Russia leaves Ukraine
Zelensky says Kyiv would maintain peace talks tomorrow if Russia leaves Ukraine (AP)

China, the nation’s greatest ally, declined to attend, which assured the summit would fail to realize Ukraine‘s goal of persuading major countries from the “global South” to join in isolating Russia.

Despite 90 countries attending the two-day conference, they failed to persuade major non-aligned states to join their final statement, and no country came forward to host another meeting.

Still, the conference provided Kyiv with a chance to showcase the support from Western allies that it says it needs to keep fighting against a far bigger enemy.

World leaders gathered this weekend at a peace summit in Switzerland for Ukraine
World leaders gathered this weekend at a peace summit in Switzerland for Ukraine (‘ KEYSTONE POOL / URS FLUEELER)

“We are responding to Russia‘s full-scale invasion of Ukraine not only with a full-scale defense of human life, but also with full-scale diplomacy,” Mr Zelensky said.

He told the BBC: “Russia can start negotiations tomorrow if they pull out of our territories.”

The event included presidents and prime ministers from France, Germany, Britain, Japan, Poland, Argentina, Ecuador, Kenya and Somalia. The Vatican was also represented, and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke for the United States.

India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates — which were represented by foreign ministers or lower-level envoys — were among countries that did not sign the final document, which focused on issues of nuclear safety, food security and the exchange of prisoners. Brazil, an “observer,” did not sign on but Turkey did.

The conference provided Kyiv with a chance to showcase the support it needs from Western allies
The conference provided Kyiv with a chance to showcase the support it needs from Western allies (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Union’s government Commission, mentioned the convention was rightly titled “Path to Peace” as a result of peace gained’t be achieved in a single step.“

“It was not a peace negotiation because Putin is not serious about ending the war. He is insisting on capitulation. He is insisting on ceding Ukrainian territory – even territory that today is not occupied by him,” she mentioned.

“He is insisting on disarming Ukraine, leaving it vulnerable to future aggression. No country would ever accept these outrageous terms.”

Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni attended the summit in Switzerland
Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni attended the summit in Switzerland (' KEYSTONE POOL / ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE)
Canada’s PM was among the world leaders the summit
Canada’s PM was among the many world leaders the summit (‘ KEYSTONE POOL / URS FLUEELER)

It comes after Russian Mr Putin promised Friday to “immediately” order a cease-fire in Ukraine and begin negotiations if Kyiv started withdrawing troops from the 4 areas annexed by Moscow in 2022 and renounced plans to hitch Nato.

Mr Zelensky rejected what he known as an ultimatum by Mr Putin to give up extra territory.

The summit’s closing declaration known as for Ukraine‘s control over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant and its Azov Sea ports to be restored.

But in line with the conference’s extra modest acknowledged goals, it omitted more durable problems with what a post-war settlement for Ukraine may seem like, whether or not Ukraine might be a part of the Nato alliance or how troop withdrawals from either side may work.

“The more allies that can be found to say ‘Things can’t go on like this’, ‘This is too much’, ‘That’s overstepping the mark’, that also increases the moral pressure on the Russian Federation,” mentioned Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/ukraine-peace-talks-russia-switzerland-summit-b2563587.html