New Delhi: A second round of talks will take place between Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday, two days after the first meeting of negotiations yielded no result.
As the war raged into a sixth day, Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, an Indian student from Karnataka, was killed in shelling in Kharkiv on Tuesday, when he stepped out of the safety of a metro station bunker to buy food in the war zone in eastern Ukraine.
Earlier in the day, Ukraine President Voldomyr Zelenskyy said that his country has proved it is strong and urged the European Union to prove their support to the war-torn nation. Addressing a special session of the European Parliament, on a day when at least 10 people were killed in a missile strike on the central square of Kharkiv, Zelenskyy sought support that will let life conquer death.
“I cannot say good morning or good day, because every day for somebody this is not a good day,” President Voldomyr Zelenskyy said to a huge round of applause by member nation representatives, who watched him on a giant screen. “We have united all Europe but I did not want to be united at this cost. This is a tragedy for all of us. We had five days of full-scale invasion,” he said.
“We are fighting for our land and our freedom. Nobody shall occupy our country. We have proved we are strong. Europe, please prove you are together with us, prove you will not repel us. Please prove you are real Europeans, then life will conquer death,” he added.
Tuesday was the sixth day of the Russian attack on Ukraine, as satellite links showed columns of Russian forces advancing towards the country. Bombings and shellings have ravaged all parts of the country.
More than 70 Ukrainian servicemen were killed by a Russian rocket attack and dozens of civilians have died in the shelling. According to Kyiv authorities, 352 civilians have been killed, including 14 children, since the invasion began last Thursday. More than half a million people have fled Ukraine since the start of Russia’s invasion, reports said.
Ukrainian and Russian officials held the first round of talks for five hours on Monday and both countries had then agreed to hold a new round of negotiations on the Belarusian-Polish border in the next few days, head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, had said.
Indiablooms News Service