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Ukraine demands territorial integrity in upcoming talks.
As Ukraine prepares for upcoming talks with Russia, the country is demanding that its territorial integrity be respected and upheld. The talks, which are set to take place in the coming weeks, will focus on the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014.
Ukraine has been calling for an end to the conflict and the restoration of its sovereignty over the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which have been under separatist control since the conflict began. The country has also been pushing for the withdrawal of Russian troops and weapons from the region, which it says are fueling the conflict.
The talks come at a critical time for Ukraine, which has been facing increasing pressure from Russia in recent months. In April, Russia amassed troops and military equipment near the Ukrainian border, sparking fears of a new military offensive. While Russia eventually withdrew most of its troops, it has continued to maintain a significant military presence in the region.
Ukraine has also been dealing with a surge in violence in the eastern regions, with both sides accusing each other of violating a ceasefire agreement that was reached in 2015. The conflict has claimed more than 13,000 lives and displaced millions of people.
Despite the challenges, Ukraine remains committed to finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict. In a recent statement, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he was hopeful that the talks would lead to progress in resolving the conflict.
“We are ready for constructive dialogue, but we will not compromise on our territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Zelensky said. “We hope that Russia will also show a willingness to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.”
The talks are being facilitated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which has been working to mediate the conflict since it began. The OSCE has called on both sides to respect the ceasefire and work towards a peaceful resolution.
As Ukraine prepares for the talks, it is clear that the country is determined to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty. While the road ahead may be difficult, Ukraine remains committed to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict and restoring peace to the region.