Peace talks stall after Russia pushes referendum to take over parts of southern Ukraine

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Peace talks between Ukrainian and Russian negotiators stalled Friday after revelations surfaced suggesting Moscow would search a referendum to annex parts of southern Ukraine. 

The conflict in Ukraine has endured for practically 60 days with Russian troops allegedly taking heavy losses. 

Ukrainian protection officers stated Friday that that they had obtained intelligence suggesting that Moscow was trying to make up for its personnel losses by conscripting Ukrainian males in areas southwest of the Donbas – the place nearly all of heavy combating is at the moment concentrated. 

A convoy of pro-Russian troops moves along a road in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 21.

A convoy of pro-Russian troops strikes alongside a highway in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 21.
(REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov)

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After two days of resumed negotiations, a high-ranking Ukrainian official reportedly stated that talks had stopped and Kyiv had issued the Kremlin an “ultimatum” regarding its aggressive plans in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, first reported Ukrainian information outlet Pravada.

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Peace negotiations have been ongoing for weeks after Russia initially submitted an inventory of a number of calls for of Kyiv to ensure that it to withdraw its troops, amongst which have been demilitarization, “denazification” and a pledge to not be a part of NATO.

Ukraine has reportedly balked at each preliminary requests given the truth that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish and was democratically elected.

Kyiv has agreed to not be a part of NATO.

In this photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pauses during his and Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Franca's joint news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. 

On this photograph launched by the Russian Overseas Ministry Press Service, Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov pauses throughout his and Brazilian Overseas Minister Carlos Franca’s joint information convention following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. 
(Russian Overseas Ministry Press Service through AP)

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However Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed Friday that an up to date proposal from Moscow had gone unanswered.

“We were negotiating. Now they have stopped because five days ago the next proposal we passed to the Ukrainian negotiators – which was formulated based on their comments at the time – remains unanswered,” he stated throughout a press conference

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It stays unclear what updates have been included in the latest spherical of negotiations.

Although Zelenskyy refuted these claims and stated Ukrainian negotiators by no means acquired any such proposal. 

“We have not received anything,” he stated in response to questions on the talks.

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 8, 2022. 

On this picture from video offered by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 8, 2022. 
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace through AP)

Zelenskyy has beforehand warned that negotiations may crumble if Russia continues to aggressively bombard civilians trapped inside Mariupol. 

Lavrov dismissed the warning Friday and claimed Russia won’t tolerate any ultimatums.

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