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Published: 09:19, March 04, 2022 | Updated: 14:08, March 04, 2022
Russia, Ukraine agree to organize humanitarian corridors
By Xinhua
Published:09:19, March 04, 2022 Updated:14:08, March 04, 2022 By Xinhua

Photo taken on March 3, 2022 shows a view of the second round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegations at the Belovezhskaya Pushcha on the Belarus-Poland border. (BELTA NEWS AGENCY VIA XINHUA)

KYIV / MOSCOW - Russia and Ukraine agreed to organize humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians in the second round of talks in Belarus on Thursday, Advisor to the Head of the President's Office of Ukraine Mykhailo Podoliak confirmed on Twitter.

"There is a solution only for the organization of humanitarian corridors," Podoliak tweeted.

Advisor to the Head of the President's Office of Ukraine Mykhailo Podoliak said the third round of peace negotiations may take place soon

During the talks on Thursday, the two sides discussed military issues, humanitarian issues, and a future political settlement of the conflict, said Russian presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, also the head of the Russian delegation.

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"The positions were made absolutely clear ... On some of them, we managed to reach an understanding," he said, noting that creating humanitarian corridors is "substantial progress."

Russia's TASS news agency reported earlier Thursday that the second round of talks has ended.

Podoliak told a media briefing that the third round of peace negotiations may take place soon, according to Ukrainian media.

Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, when commenting on the peace negotiations, said that "any talks" make sense.  

Russian operation 'goes as planned'

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia's special military operation in Ukraine is proceeding in strict accordance with the schedule and plan.

All the assigned tasks are being successfully fulfilled.

Vladimir Putin, Russian president

"All the assigned tasks are being successfully fulfilled," Putin said at a meeting with the permanent members of Russia's Security Council.

Russian soldiers and officers "act courageously" and "fight steadfastly, with a full understanding of the rightness of their cause," he told the country's top officials.

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The operation is aimed at clearing the threats caused by the West over past years right at Russian borders, including threats from nuclear weapons, said Putin.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced Wednesday that 498 Russian servicemen had been killed during the special military operation in Ukraine that started on Feb 24.  

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