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Top U.S. and Russian Diplomats Meet Briefly at G20 Talks as Ukraine War Rages On

HeadlineMar 02, 2023

A critical meeting of foreign ministers from the G20 has ended in New Delhi, India, without any agreement on the war in Ukraine. The meeting wrapped up after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke briefly in the first reported high-level meeting between U.S. and Russian officials in months. Their 10-minute conversation came after a Russian missile slammed into a high-rise apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, killing at least four people. Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said for the first time they’re contemplating a tactical withdrawal from the eastern city of Bakhmut, where Russian forces have mostly cut off remaining civilians from humanitarian aid. This is Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky speaking earlier this week.

President Volodymyr Zelensky: “The hardest thing is still Bakhmut and the battles that are essential for the city’s defense. I’ll give you just one example. We are holding the staff meeting quite often now, at least twice a week. The last meeting was on Thursday. And today General Syrsky reported that since this last meeting, about 800 enemies have been killed in his direction alone. Russia does not count people at all, sending them to constant assaults on our positions. The intensity of the fighting is only increasing.”

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