The two countries are set to resume peace talks to end the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. The Turkish government has said that the peace talks will be held directly in Turkey on Tuesday. But the fighting between the two sides has not stopped. War is raging in various parts of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have recaptured Irpin, a town near the capital, Kiev, from Russian forces. City Mayor Oleksandr Marcushin made the claim on Monday. Earlier, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry demanded that Kiev take control of the town of Makarov.
The advance of the Russian army in occupying Kiev has been stalled for a long time. Western forces, including Ukraine, claim that Ukrainian forces have succeeded in resisting the Russian fleet heading to Kiev. Last Friday, Russia’s military said it had achieved its first-stage goal. Now they will start a new phase of the war. As part of this, they announced the “complete liberation” of the pro-Russian eastern Danbas.
Various quarters have called on Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to hold a meeting to end the war. Even Zelensky himself has expressed a desire to sit down with Putin. On Sunday, he said he was ready to hold talks with Russia’s Putin. He also hinted that Ukraine would remain a neutral state. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Ukraine’s independence.