UN chief to meet Zelensky and Putin for peace

UN chief to meet Zelensky and Putin to push urgent steps for peace. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday, after meeting the Russian foreign minister.

Then on Thursday, Guterres is expected to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Ukrainian foreign minister.

In letters to both leaders via their UN missions, he called for discussions of “urgent steps to bring about peace in Ukraine and the future of multilateralism”.

UN chief to meet Zelensky and Putin

Guterres will also meet with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba as well as UN agency staff members to discuss the scaling up of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

Earlier today, the UN said Guterres “will be received by President Vladimir Putin” on Tuesday after having a working meeting and lunch with the foreign minister of Russia.

A UN spokesperson said Wednesday that Guterres was requesting separate audiences with Putin in Moscow and Zelensky in Ukraine to discuss the urgent need to bring about peace.

Turkey to continue peace talks

Turkey’s President is expecting to hold phone calls with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts over the weekend with the hope of meeting them both in Istanbul to end the war.

Turkey has the unique position of having maritime borders with both countries, as well as being a NATO member and one of Russia’s major trade partners.

War rages on in the east of Ukraine

War rages on in the east of Ukraine as heavy fighting is continuing in eastern Ukraine, and Russian troops continue launching airstrikes on the besieged city of Mariupol, where Ukrainian officials say they have identified new mass graves.

Ukrainian officials describe heavy fighting throughout the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, with “intensified” shelling in the southern Mykolaiv region.

The Ukrainian military described Russian forces as preparing for a renewed offensive by moving troops to consolidate occupied positions.