Two weeks after Istanbul, almost no talks between Russia and Ukraine

At the end of March, a glimmer of hope appeared in the Bosphorus. In the talks between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul, concrete results have been achieved for the first time. The Russians promised to withdraw from the areas around Kiev, while Ukraine said the status of Crimea and Donbass could be discussed.

Two weeks later, it seems there isn’t much left, such as a possible ceasefire. Russian President Putin said that even today, negotiations are at an impasse. According to Putin, Ukraine does not respect the Istanbul agreements. Ukrainian negotiator Mikhail Podoljak was slightly less pessimistic. According to him, interviews are difficult, but they still run through the different subgroups.

“There is almost no talking anymore,” says defense expert Bob Deen van Clingendael. “Really only at an operational level, such as the exchange of prisoners of war.”

Russian soldiers around Kiev, Chernobyl and Chernihiv did indeed leave, but the joy of their departure was soon marred by the brutality that followed under the Russian occupation. Countless Ukrainian civilians were raped, mutilated and murdered in places like Butsha and Stary Bykiv.

Butcher of Aleppo

In the east of the country, the conflicts increased during this period. The Russian army continued to bomb civilian targets, such as the Kramatorsk train station. The appointment of Aleksandr Dvornikov as Commander in Chief of Russian military operations in Ukraine does not bode well for the civilian population, known as the “Butcher of Aleppo”.

What is the situation on the battlefield in Ukraine? Bob Deen answers these and other questions from viewers:

Source: NOS