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Ukraine, Russia talks end after five hours

The first round of Ukraine-Russia talks aimed at ending the fighting between the two countries has concluded with no immediate agreements.

An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin says talks with Ukrainian officials lasted nearly five hours.

Vladimir Medinsky headed the Russian delegation in Belarus.

He said the two sides “found certain points on which common positions could be foreseen”.

Another round of talks was agreed to, Medinsky said.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a top adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, gave few details except to say that the talks – held near the Ukraine-Belarus border – were focused on a possible ceasefire and that a second round could take place “in the near future”.

Podolyak added on Twitter that the negotiations had been difficult.

“The Russian side, unfortunately, still has a very biased view of the destructive processes it has launched,” he said in a tweet.

“The next meeting will take place in the coming days on the Polish-Belarusian border, there is an agreement to that effect,” Medinsky said.

with reporting from Reuters

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