Ukraine-Russia talks end with no breakthrough

Russia and Ukraine broke off peace talks Monday on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, according to both delegations.  A follow-on round will take place in the coming days.  Both delegations will return to their respective capitals for further consultations.

Meanwhile, the United Nations General Assembly met Monday for the first emergency session in decades.  Nebenzya, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, told the General Assembly that “for us, Ukraine joining NATO is a red line.”  Nebenzya laid the blame for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying that Kyiv had failed to stick to the Minsk agreement as well as claiming that Ukrainian forces carried out provocations against people in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014.  Nebenzya also accused Ukraine’s western partners, especially the US, of “inciting Kyiv, egging it on, repeating the senseless mantra that their obligations to the Minsk agreements are not being complied with by the Russian Federation.”

Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN, warned the members of the UN General Assembly of the consequences of Russia’s invasion.

“Russia uses all its military potential to attack Ukraine and has begun redeploying reserve units on the border,” he said.  He also accused the Russian force of attacking civilian infrastructure as well as kindergartens and hospitals, which he called war crimes.