Mar 29, 2022
By Jane Brown
As peace talks between representatives of Ukraine and Russia take place today in Istanbul, Russia’s deputy defense minister says that Moscow has decided to “fundamentally cut back” operations near Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and another major city, Chernihiv, to “increase mutual trust” at talks aimed at ending the month long war.
Alexander Fomin says Russian forces would cut back “military activity in the direction of Kyiv and Chernihiv.”
Fomin’s statement comes Tuesday during another round of talks Russia and Ukraine held in Turkey and appears to be the first major concession the Russians made since the beginning of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine which began on February 24th.
The Ukrainian general staff of the military said earlier it had noted withdrawals around Kyiv and Chernihiv.
(The Associated Press)