Breaking News
Get Actionable Insights with InvestingPro+: Start 7 Day FREE Trial Register here
Investing Pro 0
Ad-Free Version. Upgrade your Investing.com experience. Save up to 40% More details

Russian ceasefire and troop pullout must precede any talks, says Ukraine

Stock Markets Aug 03, 2022 08:58PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
2/2 © Reuters. Ukrainian servicemen fire with a BM21 Grad multiple launch rocket system in a frontline in Kharkiv region, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, Ukraine August 2, 2022. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova 2/2

By Natalia Zinets, Umit Bektas and Max Hunder

KYIV/ISTANBUL (Reuters) -Ukraine on Wednesday dismissed comments by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder that Russia wanted a "negotiated solution" to the war and said any dialogue would be contingent on a Russian ceasefire and withdrawal of its troops.

Schroeder, a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin and increasingly derided in Germany for his pro-Russia stance, said last month's agreement on grain shipments from Ukraine, aimed at easing a global food crisis, might offer a way forward.

The first grain ship since the war began more than five months ago passed through the Bosphorus Strait on Wednesday en route to Lebanon.

"The good news is that the Kremlin wants a negotiated solution," Schroeder told Stern weekly and broadcasters RTL/ntv, adding he had met Putin in Moscow last week. "A first success is the grain deal, perhaps that can be slowly expanded to a ceasefire."

In response, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak described Schroeder as a "voice of the Russian royal court" and made clear that the grain agreement would not lead to broader negotiations.

"If Moscow wants dialogue, the ball is in its court. First — a cease-fire and withdrawal of troops, then — constructive (dialogue)," Podolyak wrote on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR).

In a video address on Wednesday night, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy also responded bitterly to the notion of talks with Russia.

"It is simply disgusting when former leaders of major states with European values work for Russia, which is at war against these values," Zelenskiy said.

Tentative attempts at peace talks in March went nowhere.

Russia is engaged in considerable military activity in the east, northeast and south of Ukraine, a statement by the General Staff of the Armed forces said on Wednesday night.

In the northeastern region of Kharkiv, where Ukrainian forces have had success in expelling Russian troops, Russian forces shelled a dozen towns with tank fire and launched air strikes, the statement said.

Shelling was also carried out near the central town of Kramatorsk, which Russian forces hope to capture as they move south, the military said. There was shelling in about eight towns and villages, it said.

Reuters was not able to immediately verify battlefield reports.

Russia has started creating a military strike force aimed at Zelenskiy's hometown of Kryvyi Rih in central Ukraine, the Ukrainian military said earlier.

BREAD BASKET

The grain agreement, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, has been hailed as a rare diplomatic success in the war, which Russia describes as a "special military operation" to rid Ukraine of fascists, an assertion the Kyiv government and its Western allies said was a baseless pretext for an unprovoked conflict.

Zelenskiy played down the importance of the grain deal on Wednesday, saying the shipment was a fraction of the crop Kyiv must sell to help salvage its shattered economy.

The ship, Razoni, left Odesa on the Black Sea early on Monday carrying 26,527 tonnes of corn to the Lebanese port of Tripoli.

Zelenskiy, speaking via video to students in Australia, said through an interpreter that more time was needed to see whether other grain shipments would follow.

He said Ukraine, one of the world's top grain producers before the war and known as Europe's bread basket, had to export a minimum 10 million tonnes to urgently help bring down its budget deficit which was running at $5 billion a month.

A senior Turkish official said three ships could leave Ukrainian ports daily following the Razoni's departure, while Ukraine's infrastructure minister said 17 more ships had been loaded with agricultural produce and were waiting to set sail.

Ukraine's forecast for its 2022 harvest has increased to 65 million-67 million tonnes of grain from 60 million tonnes, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said.

In a Telegram message, he praised farmers for pressing ahead with the harvest, even in areas where shelling continues.

"The war ... is almost killing the economy. It's in a coma," Zelenskiy said. "Russia's blocking of the ports is a great loss for the economy."

Zelenskiy has repeatedly said Moscow may try to obstruct exports despite signing up to the deal.

Russia, which blockaded the ports after the Feb. 24 invasion, has said it wants to see more done about the exports of its own grain and fertilisers.

It has denied responsibility for the food crisis, saying sanctions by the West have slowed its exports.

One of the companies affected by the sanctions, U.S. oil producer Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), is making progress exiting its stake in the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas development in the Russian Far East, a company spokesperson said.

Ukraine and Russia have traded accusations over a missile strike or explosion on Friday that appeared to have killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in the eastern frontline town of Olenivka, held by Moscow-backed separatists.

A fact-finding mission will begin into the deaths, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday. It had been requested by both sides, he said.

Russian ceasefire and troop pullout must precede any talks, says Ukraine
 

Related Articles

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with other users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind:  

  •            Enrich the conversation, don’t trash it.

  •           Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed. 

  •           Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically. Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user. Racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated.

  • Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases. Comments that are written in all caps and contain excessive use of symbols will be removed.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and comments containing links will be removed. Phone numbers, email addresses, links to personal or business websites, Skype/Telegram/WhatsApp etc. addresses (including links to groups) will also be removed; self-promotional material or business-related solicitations or PR (ie, contact me for signals/advice etc.), and/or any other comment that contains personal contact specifcs or advertising will be removed as well. In addition, any of the above-mentioned violations may result in suspension of your account.
  • Doxxing. We do not allow any sharing of private or personal contact or other information about any individual or organization. This will result in immediate suspension of the commentor and his or her account.
  • Don’t monopolize the conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also strongly believe in giving everyone a chance to air their point of view. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Comments (8)
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 04, 2022 12:31AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Ukraine should be proud to have leader like zelinsky who has reminded us all that we must fight for freedom and democracy and not take it for granted.
jason xx
jason xx Aug 03, 2022 4:50PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
If Russia doesn't allow every grain ship to set sail it is time for The United States and Royal Navy's to sink Russia's black sea fleet
Alireza Bahramando
Alireza Bahramando Aug 03, 2022 1:16PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Zelensky been actor and in his last comedy show he was the president of Ukraine and right after that he ran for office and he became the real president of Ukraine idk i still kind of feel he is still playing still acting or maybe I'm just sceptic idk🤷‍♂️
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 03, 2022 1:16PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Comrade, study US history more. You will not diminish Zalinsky in the eyes of Americans this way. Some of our favorite politicians were actors. Here's an idea, think about your soul and humanity and stop supporting Russia's barbarism. You'll feel better about yourself.
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Aug 03, 2022 1:16PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Ronald Regan not the worst president
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 03, 2022 1:16PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Many Americans cherish Ronald Regan --- Arnold Shwartsenager too.
Dion Argueta
Dion Argueta Aug 03, 2022 1:16PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
He is acting civilized unlike Pu *******!!!!
lup sup
lup sup Aug 03, 2022 11:13AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
With zelensky in charge, Ukraine will never wake up from this coma.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 03, 2022 11:13AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Russia go home.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Aug 03, 2022 9:57AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Why in the AF would we believe this guy? He's a puppet actor whose been on the covet of western magazines. he's a complete inserted puppet. it was a complete scam to launder billions of dollars away from the IS tax payer. it's a complete theft and scam.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 03, 2022 9:57AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Your life must be miserable.
jason xx
jason xx Aug 03, 2022 9:57AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
"western magazines" you traitor s c u m? Defeatist appeasement p u. ssy. I know you are not posting from Russia because you would not even be allowed on unapproved internet websites stupid.
jason xx
jason xx Aug 03, 2022 9:57AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
lmaooooo
Anthony Crowley
Anthony Crowley Aug 03, 2022 9:57AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
jason xx You have it right Jason, he's an Ivan. The Trolls of Olgino become very active on this site disparaging Zelensky and spewing pro Russian propaganda whenever there's an article related to this topic.
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Aug 03, 2022 7:54AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Ex kansler another man that putin have bought it stink’s
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Aug 03, 2022 7:54AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
who told you? the TV? LOL
gab nea
gab nea Aug 03, 2022 7:00AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
hey Schroeder, friend of putin, the only way out of conflict is for the aggressor to pack up and leave, or else...
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Aug 02, 2022 11:05PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Why are people listening to what liars (Russia) say? When liars talk it's to distract. Don't waste your time on what Russia says, or what communists utter. Instead, toughen yourself up for fighting communists. Because, Communists, tyrants, and their sympathizers, like Trump, exist to rob others and cause a mess in their path because they're incompetent at managing their own assets. They're so incompetent that they will ruin into the ground what they have inherited to manage and they will end up coming for their neighbors' possessions to ruin even more. Communists and their sympathizers are bad for the world.
Sam Dur
Sam Dur Aug 02, 2022 11:05PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
@Chris it looks like you haven't read news for 30 years. The ruling party in Russia is not a comunist one. However, the second big party in Russia is a comunist party. If Putin leave, they will takeover the country and then the consequences for Russia and the entire World of this change are going to be much more devastating than what your can imagine. So you and others that want Putin go, have to be more careful with your wishes...
Edward Chong
Edward Chong Aug 02, 2022 11:05PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
gab nea
gab nea Aug 02, 2022 11:05PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
you can call them whatever your want they are still red cruel communists!
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Aug 02, 2022 11:05PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
But zilensky the inserted puppet is above this? your cray cray
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email