Ukraine and Russia say they have agreed on setting up humanitarian corridors.
The agreement was reached during the second round of talks between a delegation from Russia and Ukraine in Belarus.
The head of the Russian delegation Vladimir Medinsky told Russian media that the two sides have agreed on humanitarian corridors for civilians.
However, Epoch Times reports that the second round of talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegations, which lasted over two hours on Thursday, ended without a ceasefire agreement.
Ukraine’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the two sides would together provide humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians, deliver food, and deliver medicine to areas with heavy fighting across the country.
“The second round of negotiations is over,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately, the results Ukraine needs are not yet achieved. There is a solution only for the organization of humanitarian corridors.”
The announcement comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country’s military had offered safe corridors to civilians to allow them to leave.
Hundreds of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died since Russia invaded the country, starting in the early hours of Feb. 24. The move prompted widespread condemnation.
Meanwhile, a member of the Russian delegation, Leonid Slutsky, told Russia 24 that both sides have agreed on the third round of talks, which will happen in the “nearest future.”