This post will likely be updated throughout the day.
Unsourced but likely accurate-
ANKARA, February 26. /TASS/. Turkey abstained from voting on Russia’s suspension from the Council of Europe on Friday as it calls for dialogue under any circumstances, a source familiar with the situation told TASS on Saturday.
“We don’t want dialogue to stop. Turkey abstained from voting on the decision. No matter what happens, we call for dialogue under any circumstances,” the source pointed out.
- Ukraine’s Zelensky claims Turkey will stop warships from entering Black Sea- This is unverified. And most probably war time propaganda
President Zelensky is saying publicly that Turkey has agreed to shut down transit to the Black Sea for Russian warships.
Apparently Zelensky and Erdoğan spoke by phone today. So far as I can tell, Erdoğan has not confirmed this potentially important news.
I’d suspected this was going to become an issue in this situation which is why the subject was broached in yesterday’s post:
- Skynews reporting:Ukraine: Russian flag raised in Ukraine town amid fighting
Video available at above link. Sky news is reporting they have verified the validity/accuracy of the report.
12:30 EST– updates begin
Russia said Ukraine rejected calls to negotiate an end to hostilities, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Saturday.
Peskov claimed President Vladimir Putin ordered a temporary pause in Russia’s advance in Ukraine on Friday, but ordered them to continue the invasion — which the Kremlin is calling a “special operation” — on Saturday after Kyiv rejected the calls to negotiate.
Did Kiev reject the offer to negotiate? Is this accurate? It appears to be!
- Link –11:00 EST Update:
Ukraine Rejects Talks With Russia
On Saturday, Kiev has rejected to hold talks with Moscow in Minsk, Belarus, the designated neutral grounds where it was agreed negotiations would take place. Kiev’s refusal to hold talks is connected to the conditions proposed by the Russian side described as being “unacceptable”.
Ukrainian presidential advisor Mikhail Podolyak said, “Any war ends with a negotiation process, but I think that the positions in this negotiations process will be different. These will be positions that Ukraine will dictate. It will set the conditions for what will happen next, including in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.”
As a result, Russia has called off the ceasefire to hold talks, causing Russian forces to resume operations in Ukraine. “The Ukrainian side has refused to negotiate. This afternoon Russian forces have resumed their advance in accordance with the plan of the operation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
I’m having difficulty believing the Ukrainian leadership is acting in the best interests of the people.
“And it seems to me, again, that there are forces who keep instigating that [Ukrainian] regime: go ahead, don’t give up, there are thugs from Afghanistan coming in, and we’ll send some from the Middle East, too. And they have enough of their own PMCs. Those are professional gunmen, professional killers. Therefore, this is even more dangerous to Russia, not to mention us, and we don’t need that,” he said.