Russia Says Military Will Reduce Operations Around Kiev & Chernihiv After Positive Ceasefire Talks

by | Mar 30, 2022 | Headline News | 8 comments

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.

Update (0900ET): As markets increasingly hope that a ceasefire deal in Ukraine might finally be at hand, media reports claim that Russia’s high command has already started to withdraw forces from around Kiev in what the US believes represents a “major” policy shift.

Russia has reportedly said it wouldn’t mind if the Ukrainians joined the EU, so long as they remain militarily neutral. But whether or not this is a genuine breakthrough remains to be seen.

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As the first statements coming off now concluded for the day Russia-Ukraine ceasefire talks trickle out, both Interfax and Reuters are reporting the potential for a major breakthrough, as Russia’s Defense Ministry has said it’s seeking to create conditions for dialogue towards halting military activity around the capital of Kiev and major northern city of Chernihiv.

The New York Times suggests this possible overture comes as Russian forces are facing stiff resistance near the capital, as also yesterday Ukraine said it retook the major Kiev suburb of Irpin. “Diplomats from Ukraine and Russia were discussing a possible cease-fire on Tuesday at talks in Turkey, an effort that comes as a Ukrainian counteroffensive pushed back Russian forces in a hard-fought area near Kyiv, the capital,” NY Times writes.

Tuesday’s Ukraine and Russia delegations hosted in Istanbul, Turkey

The talks were called “constructive” by the Russian top negotiator Vladimir Medinsky, who said he will take Ukraine’s proposals for stopping the war directly to Putin, which crucially is centered on a pledge of ‘neutrality’ vis-a-vis NATO. The meeting, held in Istanbul, lasted four hours.

“The two delegations also discussed international security guarantees for Ukraine, according to Mykhailo Podolyak, an aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.” Negotiations will likely continue Wednesday, according to NY Times: “The Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, told reporters that the talks, which he said could continue on Wednesday, could be of great consequence, without offering details on the shape of a possible deal.” Following this, there’ve been reports that talks could continue through into the night.

Ukraine’s top negotiator said Ukraine is now offering to discuss the Crimea question – and there could be enough substantial agreement on the scope of negotiations to hold a direct Putin-Zelensky meeting, something which Putin has thus far clearly rejected. According to the full quote from the Russian side:

“Due to the fact that negotiations on the preparation of an agreement on the neutrality and non-nuclear status of Ukraine, as well as on the provision of security guarantees to Ukraine, are moving into practice, taking into account the principles discussed during today’s meeting, by the Russian Ministry of Defense in order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achievement of the ultimate goal of agreeing on the signing of the above agreement, a decision was made to radically, at times, reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernigov direction“, Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin told reporters.

And on a possible Putin and Zelensky meeting while implementing terms of agreements, Medinsky further told reporters:

“After today’s meaningful conversation, we have agreed and are proposing a solution according to which the meeting of the heads of state is possible simultaneously with the initialing of the treaty by the foreign ministers. Moreover, at the time of this initialing and consideration of the details of the treaty, various political nuances and details can be discussed.”

“We have received written proposals from Ukraine confirming their readiness for a neutral, non-aligned and non-nuclear status, along with a refusal to produce and deploy all types of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and bacteriological ones, and a ban on the presence of foreign military bases and foreign troops on the territory of the country”, Medinsky said.

However, for the first time, Medinsky said that such a meeting of presidents is now “possible” – according to statements given to TASS, suggesting that Tuesday’s talks appear to be the most substantive so far since the invasion and conflict began.

Image: Russian Consulate General/TASS

But one significant future hurdle to anything final leading to a complete cessation of hostilities is that Ukraine has insisted that a national referendum would be needed for any central terms of agreement with Russia – for example on giving up Crimea.

The Ukraine side also reportedly stipulated that it would need “full peace” across the country for any final peace agreement to be deemed in force. Ukraine is further open to keeping neutral status if the peace holds up.

As for a possible halt in fighting near Kiev, the Pentagon issued a quick statement saying it’s seen no signs of withdrawal on the part of Russian army units from near the capital, which would likely take some significant time to implement.

On the positive headlines, notes Bloomberg, “Stoxx Europe 600 Index extends gains to 1.8% as Russia decided to cut military activity near Ukraine’s Kyiv, Chernihiv, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin tells briefing after bilateral talks in Istanbul.”

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    8 Comments

    1. Anonymous

      Biden calls for a regime change removing Putin from power and Putin immediately starts trying to pull out and end the war.

      Putin is defeated, Biden is supreme.

      And to think the whole world thought big bad Russia was some kind of real threat to it. What a joke, they can’t even invade a pipsqueak country like the Ukraine and win.

      • The Observer

        Anon – I don’t write very many comments but read almost all comments. Your comments here are completely ridiculous. That you even believe the official narrative is very telling. It’s the opposite, the Russian goals have been met without the need for more military action. They exposed and destroyed labs creating dangerous and contagious diseases. They have ensured Ukraine won’t be in NATO. The Donbas region will have their autonomy. Crimea will be recognized as part of Russia. What’s left.

        • Anonymous

          That’s interesting, which dangerous diseases and contagious diseases did they create?

          • The Observer

            There’s nothing more entertaining than a person coming off as silly trying to appear intelligent. But surely you’ve heard your MSM news coverage over the past few years report endlessly how diseases can be given gain of function and made more virulent, such as covid, right? By the way, wasn’t covid-19 being reported as a recent new disease?

    2. Anonymous

      the New York Times went on to say Hey biden…if you needs us to blow you …just let us know.

    3. Darth Skippy

      “… which crucially is centered on a pledge of ‘neutrality’ vis-a-vis NATO.”

      For the time being, Russian POW’s are videoed, getting shot in the legs.

    4. JRS

      Ukraine has no position to negotiate from. Russia is re-supplying it’s troops and regrouping to complete the Donbass phase of operation. The Russian troops near Kiev are to distract and occupy Ukrainian forces and prevent them from reinforcing their troops farther east. It’s called a feint. These positions also prevent resupply by ground or air from Poland just by being in the area with intelligence and air support.

      Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops are out of fuel. You can’t run a war without fuel. Where does all the fuel that the country of Ukraine uses come from? Russia. Russia has cut off deliveries of petrol and diesel. The tanks, personnel carriers and fuel trucks grind to a halt. The couple planes that have not been destroyed have no fuel to fly sorties every day.

      There will be no cease fire until Russia has completed the goals of demilitarization, deknotzification, and deNATOization.

      Neither NATO nor the EU has any spare fuel to run a war. Donating billions in weapons and money has no use if the troops are out of fuel. Logistics is way more important than dollars.

    5. Brooklynsez

      The more I read comments here the more I realize that I must be living in an alternate Marvel Universe, so many folks here love Puke boy Putin the commie cocksucker who hates America you guys who stick up for him must hate America too I remember a time the Commies were our enemies now you guys suck Putins dick dry. Soooo let me see The Russians getti g their asses handed to them in Ukraine was part of the plan 17,700 dead Russian soldiers so far …….in 20 years we lost 7k in TWO wars.

      Oh and your fukin fox news OAN bullshit about bio weapons in Ukraine….those facilities were A CHEAPER way of researching pathogens for finding a Cure think about this you retards …..the U.S. is not going to give an Eastern European Country deadly pathogens to make bio weapons they cannot control…..fukkin duh!!! Ukraine had many professional medical personnel who conduct research for much less money than in the U.S. its about money saving money while studying pathogens R&D is expensive very expensive its called outsourcing something the U.S. does because corporations want to pay their shareholders .

      Oh and COVID ??? Covid has been around for years and i mean years the variant 19 became the more deadly variant, it did more than likely mutated from a wet market in China that much is scientifically known. The problem with viruses is they mutate…. everyone with a 5th grade education knows this this covid variant and subvariants is about 2 to 3 percent fatal, higher if you have pre-existing condition.

      The Russians aint shit militarily they can’t find their asses with two maps a compass a GPS and detailed instructions. 17,700k dead WTF…thats meeting your goals????? Targeting civilians???? Raping women????Please please please those of you who like Puke boy so much please go to Russia volunteer to fight for Puke-in and go die in Ukraine seriously.

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