May 23, 2022 09:07 GMT
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Russian state-run Interfax carrying comments from Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stating that Russia will return to negotiations with Kyiv when Ukraine 'demonstrates a constructive response'.
- The Zelenskyy gov't in Kyiv has refused to agree to conceding any territory to Russia, with the president's chief of staff tweeting that "The war must end with the complete restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty".
- Russia has increased the ferocity of its shelling and air strikes in the east and south of Ukraine over the weekend following something of a lull over the past week as both sides prepare for a lengthy campaign rather than a swift victory.
- Polish President Andrzej Duda warned over the weekend that the West should not make any conditions for Ukraine to accept in order to end the war, stating that it was Kyiv's decision alone on how or whether to negotiate, "Worrying voices have appeared, saying that Ukraine should give in to (President Vladimir) Putin's demands,"