Ahead of China visit, Putin says Russia prepared to negotiate on Ukraine – The Times of India

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NEW DELHI: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said that Russia is prepared to negotiate over the conflict in Ukraine ahead of his visit to China. “We are open to a dialogue on Ukraine, but such negotiations must take into account the interests of all countries involved in the conflict, including ours,” Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.
Putin will be on the two-day trip to its partner China from tomorrow. Meanwhile, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced postponement of all his upcoming foreign trips as Ukraine faced a new Russian offensive. Zelenskyy cancelled all foreign visits “that were planned for the coming days,” his office said Wednesday on Telegram. The head of state instructed his team to reschedule the visits. “We are grateful to our partners for understanding,” the announcement said. Zelenskyy was set to visit Madrid on May 17 and meet with Spain’s King Felipe.

US secretary of state Antony Blinken also visited a drone manufacturing facility in Kyiv on the second day of a visit to reassure US support.

The Russian troops are pressing a fresh offensive in northeast Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s defense ministry said that air defenses shot down 10 US-supplied Ukrainian missiles targeting the Crimean Peninsula, as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spent a second day visiting Kyiv, and Ukraine’s army battled to contain a front-line push by the Kremlin’s forces.

The ATACMS long-range ballistic missiles were destroyed over the Black Sea, the ministry said. The US included the Army Tactical Missile System, known as ATACMS, in a military aid package in March.


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Russian troops pressed their offensive in northeast Ukraine’s Kharkiv region that began last week, marking the most significant border incursion since the full-scale invasion began and forcing almost 8,000 local people to flee their homes. Together with Moscow’s weekslong effort to build on its recent gains in the eastern Donetsk region, the more than two-year war has entered a critical stage for Ukraine’s depleted army.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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