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Russia and Ukraine are currently at the negotiating table, but few believe that talks will lead to progress in the future. While Moscow signaled it would reduce activity near Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, Western officials suggested the move was simply an attempt to “play for time”. Even Russian representatives appear to have rejected any positive action from the talks, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov downplaying hopes of a breakthrough.

He told reporters that Russia didn’t see “something really promising,” but said Russia’s chief negotiator would provide an update later.

Many Ukrainian cities are in ruins, with key public infrastructure obliterated, despite assurances from Russia that the targets were only military-related.

Observers fear that, for besieged cities like Mariupol, Russia is returning to tactics seen in Syria’s civil war, in which residents and military personnel defending their homes are subject to surrender due to starvation and dehydration.

Natia Seskuria, a fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), believes that Russia will continue its brutal tactics until it achieves its goal of seizing Ukraine, explaining that this method is seldom allowed to go unpunished once it is carried out.

Vladimir Putin: Russian president will continue his brutal ways against Ukraine, claimed

Vladimir Putin: Russian president will continue his brutal ways against Ukraine, claimed (Image: GETTY)

Ukraine: Many cities across Ukraine are in ruins

Ukraine: Many cities across Ukraine are in ruins (Image: GETTY)

Speaking of negotiations, he told IpadNews.co.uk: “I think negotiations can definitely be a certain strategy to gain time in terms of solving the tactical problems they’ve had so far.

“But at the same time, Russia also needs some kind of pretext to say that they have tried to talk to Ukraine and negotiate with them – that it is because of Ukraine’s decision that they should continue bombing cities and will continue attacks.” military choice.

“The demands they put forward are really not a start for Ukraine because it includes not only political neutrality, but also demands such as recognition of the independence of the Russian-occupied Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine, as well as Crimea.

“But I think that if the Russian military doesn’t get a substantial advantage, they will be more willing to sit at the negotiating table and force Ukraine to accept these terms under the pressure of cities being bombed and civilians being killed.

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Mariupol: The southeastern city has been besieged by the Russians

Mariupol: The southeastern city has been besieged by the Russians (Image: GETTY)

“We saw how the Opera House in Mariupol was bombed where many people and children were hiding.

“This is a very open message that all brutal means will be used if Ukraine does not comply with Russia’s demands or until Russia achieves its goals in Ukraine, which I believe is regime change.”

On Tuesday, Putin said the shooting of Mariupol would only end when Ukrainian troops surrendered.

He made the comments during an hour-long phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to the Kremlin.

But French officials suggested Russia agree to consider a plan to evacuate civilians from the city.

New satellite photos have revealed the extent of the devastation wrought on the city.

Images released by Earth observation company Maxar show that most of the residential area has been reduced to rubble.

They also highlighted Russian artillery shells in firing positions on the outskirts of the city.

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Escape: Millions of people have fled their homes in an attempt to get away from the fighting

Escape: Millions of people have fled their homes in an attempt to get away from the fighting (Image: GETTY)

Emmanuel Macron: French president had a phone call with Putin on Tuesday night

Emmanuel Macron: French president had a phone call with Putin on Tuesday night (Image: GETTY)

Officials from France’s Elysee palace called the situation in the city “catastrophic”.

They said “civilians should be protected and should leave the city if they wished,” and that, “they should have access to the food, water and medical aid they need”.

Their statement added: “This very dire humanitarian situation is related to the siege of the city by the Russian armed forces.”

Together with France, Turkey and Greece and several humanitarian groups have informed Putin of plans to evacuate the city.

Assistance: Groups have tried to provide assistance to conflict zones

Assistance: Groups have tried to provide assistance to conflict zones (Image: GETTY)

He told Macron he would “think over” the proposal.

Meanwhile, recalling Russia’s promise to reduce its aggression, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said “Ukraine is not naive” and vowed to continue his country’s defensive military efforts.

In a video speech on Wednesday, he said: “Ukraine has learned during the 34 days of this invasion and over the last eight years of the war in the Donbas that only tangible results can be trusted.”

He said that, while there were “positive” signals from recent talks, “they did not dampen the explosion of Russian bullets”.

Volodymyr Zelensky: Ukrainian president voices caution over scaling back Russian guarantees

Volodymyr Zelensky: Ukrainian president voices caution over scaling back Russian guarantees (Image: GETTY)

Mr Zelensky continued: “The enemy is still on our territory.

“The shelling of our cities continues.

“Mariupol is blocked. Missiles and air strikes don’t stop.

“This is the truth. This is the fact.”