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Ukraine and russia conducting "behind-the-scenes negotiations" on 3 issues - Washington Post

Ukraine and russia conducting "behind-the-scenes negotiations" on 3 issues - Washington Post

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Ukraine and the aggressor state of russia are conducting negotiations on humanitarian issues through separate representatives, and in some cases involve mediators from a number of countries. This was reported by The Washington Post.

"The countries, which are now sworn enemies, are waging a brutal war, manage to agree on several basic humanitarian issues: the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of deceased soldiers; the passage of ships from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine; and, most recently, the return of Ukrainian children from russia," the publication writes.

In some cases, moscow and Kyiv involve mediators, including Turkey, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the Vatican and the International Committee of the Red Cross. But a significant part of the exchange is carried out directly by individual representatives of Ukraine and the russian federation, including "during harsh and unpleasant personal meetings on the Ukrainian-russian border and in Istanbul, as well as telephone calls, WP notes with reference to the words of some Ukrainian officials involved in the discussions.

In particular, the publication quotes the words of the deputy head of the Defense Intelligence, Dmytro Usov, who supervises negotiations on the exchange of prisoners. He said that all negotiations with the aggressor are very difficult, but they are necessary for the release of the Ukrainian hostages: "They are enemies, but if we talk about the negotiation process, then this conflict of interests must be overcome. We understand that no matter what kind of relationship we have now, we as Ukrainians are interested in the return of our defenders, and if we reject all channels of communication, we will not be able to do this."

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on August 8, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksii Danilov, said that the president of the aggressor state of russia, vladimir putin, blocked any possibility of ending the war by deciding to include the territories of Ukraine into the russian federation.

On August 15, Danilov denied information about Western pressure on Ukraine for the purpose of negotiations.

In addition, in the first half of August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, suggested that this fall, Ukraine will face an increase in "voices" regarding the need for negotiations with russia.