During the 172 military campaign, Ukraine declared that the peace talks accepted defeat by Russia
An aide to the Ukrainian president said Aug. 13 that any negotiations with Russia would be a “civilization catastrophe” and would only prove that Moscow had won.
To date, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded more than 5,400 dead and nearly 7,500 injured since the start of the conflict in Ukraine. The actual number may be higher due to hostilities hampering verification and the statistical process. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that more than 10.6 million people have left Ukraine and more than 4.5 million have entered Ukraine from abroad during the nearly six months of conflict. The agency also registers more than 6.3 million Ukrainian refugees across Europe.
The military campaign in Ukraine is clearly damaging Russia’s image in the eyes of many of its European neighbours. Many countries like Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and the Czech Republic have called on the European Union to limit or stop issuing Schengen visas to Russian citizens in protest. And more recently, Poland is also considering limiting the issuance of tourist visas to Russians. This information has just been made today by Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk, and a decision will be taken in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, according to the newspaper The Guardian of Britain, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz opposed the proposal. He said a complete halt to visas for Russians was “hard to imagine”.
EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss the measure at an informal meeting later this month.
Relations between Russia and the United States are also very tense. A Russian diplomat also hinted at the possibility that the two countries could begin to mend their relationship. But the condition he set seems difficult for Washington to accept.
99-year-old veteran diplomat Henry Kissinger recently shared his thoughts on what he calls a “dangerous imbalance” in the world, particularly in relations between the United States, Russia and China.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has threatened that any Russian soldier who fires at the nuclear power plant or uses the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as a shelter will be considered a “special target”. Russia and Ukraine continue to accuse each other of being the perpetrators of the bombing of the Zaporizhzhia plant.
We invite you to follow the Thanh Nien newspaper’s summary of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict situation of August 14, 2022 for more details.