RUSSIA VS UKRAINE WAR: AFRICAN LEADERS MOVE TO INITIATE PEACE PROCESS BETWEEN KIEV AND MOSCOW
Jean-Yves Ollivier, an international negotiator who has been helping to co-ordinate the initiative, said on Sunday that the African leaders would also discuss easing the passage of more grain shipments out of Ukraine and the possibility of more prisoner swaps.
As Mr Ollivier arrived in Moscow for preliminary talks with high-level officials to work out “logistics” for the talks, he said the peace mission would likely begin in June.
He is planning to travel on to Kiev for discussions with Ukrainian officials including the arrangements for the six African presidents to travel to Kiev by night train from Poland amid the fighting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have both agreed to separately host the delegation of presidents from South Africa, Senegal, Egypt, the Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zambia.
Neither side in the war appears ready to stop fighting, though.
Russia is believed to have taken the key eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut after fierce fighting, but this has been denied by the Ukrainians.
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