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Ukrainian negotiator says Russia realising ‘real cost of war’

A Ukrainian negotiator claimed yesterday that talks with Russia are starting to be “productive,” outlining what he saw as a shift in Moscow’s attitude toward Ukrainian opposition and harsh international sanctions.

An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, stated he had noticed a shift in Russia’s attitude as it recognized “the true cost of war.”

“At the very start of the war, they were insisting on total domination. They weren’t expecting that Ukraine would deliver such severe resistance,” Podolyak said in an interview with the Canadian daily The Globe and Mail, in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.

“They are starting to realize the real price of war only now. And now we are starting to have constructive negotiations,” added the official, who participated in the first two rounds of talks between Russia and Ukraine, held on the border of Belarus.

According to the Ukrainian team, a third round of discussions will take place on Monday.

The Russians “have lost massive amounts of equipment and manpower. Sanctions like we’ve never seen before are collapsing their economy. Their country has become an outlaw on the international scene and their propaganda doesn’t work at all,” Podolyak said.

He reiterated the president’s plea for NATO to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine, which was rejected by the Western alliance on Friday.

Zelensky slammed the coalition, accusing it of giving “the green light for further bombing of Ukrainian cities and villages.”

Podolyak said Ukraine’s objectives remained an immediate ceasefire, security guarantees that the country would not be attacked again, and significant compensation for the loss of life and damage to Ukrainian cities, while stressing that both sides in the talks had agreed not to discuss details of the negotiations.

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