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Ukrainian delegation has arrived in Turkey to hold discussions

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            A Ukrainian team has arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, to meet with their Russian colleagues for peace negotiations.

The group is led by Ukraine’s defence minister, Oleksii Reznikov, as well as the president’s office chief, Mikhail Podolyak.

The group’s principal aim is to arrange a cease-fire, albeit this is viewed with scepticism.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold the first face-to-face meetings in more than two weeks.

The meeting is set to begin on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. local time (07:00 GMT).

Among other things, Russia demands that Ukraine forsake any plans to join NATO, a subject on which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that he is prepared to compromise.

Other contentious subjects that are scheduled to be debated include the destiny of separatist-held territories in Ukraine’s east, as well as the status of Crimea, which Russia formally seized in 2014.

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