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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (C) Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (C) Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

UN,UKRAINE,RUSSIA: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “discuss urgent steps to bring peace in Ukraine.” According to the spokesperson for the secretary-general Stephane Dujarric, two separate letters were handed over to the Permanent Missions of the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

“In these letters, the Secretary-General asked President Vladimir Putin to receive him in Moscow and President Volodymyr Zelensky to receive him in Kyiv. The Secretary-General said at this time of great peril and consequence, he would like to discuss urgent steps to bring about peace in Ukraine and the future of multilateralism based on the Charter of the United Nations and international law,” she said, as reported by news agency PTI.

While the Kremlin said it has passed on a draft document to Kyiv containing “absolutely clear, elaborate wording” of its demands as part of peace talks, the Ukraine finance minister said the country has ruled out any such possibility.

Ukraine has borne the brunt of Russia’s attack ever since Putin launched a ‘military operation’ and the invasion of Ukraine on February 24. The war has now entered its 56th day on Wednesday, with thousands of people being killed – the number is still not known. Over 5 million refugees have fled the war-torn country, according to the UN.

Meanwhile, Russia said on Wednesday it has successfully tested its new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile – a strategic weapon President Vladimir Putin said had no analogues elsewhere and would provide food for thought for those who try to threaten Russia amid the ongoing war with Ukraine, reported news agency Reuters.

Putin was shown on TV being briefed by the military that the missile had been launched from Plesetsk in the country’s northwest and hit targets in the Kamchatka peninsula in the far east, it reported.

The Sarmat is a new heavy Intercontinental Ballistic Missile which Russia is expected to deploy with 10 or more warheads on each missile, according to the US Congressional Research Service.

Meanwhile, Russia will end its ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine when its tasks are fulfilled, said Alexey Polishchuk, the director of the Second Department for Commonwealth of Independent States under Russia’s foreign ministry.

In an interview with Russian news agency TASS, he said that these tasks include protection of the people of Donbas, denazification of Ukraine and elimination of threats to Russia from NATO countries.

Meanwhile, the Luhansk Governor said Russian forces now control 80% of the region, which is one of two regions that make up the Donbas in eastern Ukraine.

One of Russia’s stated goals is to expand the territory in the Donbas under the control of Moscow-backed separatists.

Before Russia invaded on February 24, the Kyiv Government controlled 60% of the Luhansk region.



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