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No military solution, need dialogue and diplomacy: PM Modi tells Ukraine’s Zelenskyy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and asserted that there cannot be any military solution to the conflict. PM Modi also conveyed India’s readiness to contribute to peace efforts.

During their telephonic conversation, PM Modi and Zelenskyy discussed the ongoing Ukraine war and the prime minister reiterated his call for an early cessation of hostilities and the need to pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

PM Modi expressed his firm conviction that there can be no military solution to the conflict, the statement read. He also reiterated the importance of respecting the UN Charter, International Law, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states.

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PM Modi and Zelenskyy also touched upon important areas of bilateral cooperation, following up on their last meeting in Glasgow in November 2021, it said. The phone call comes days after Russia annexed four regions of Ukraine after holding ‘referendums’ last week.

PUTIN ANNEXES 15% OF UKRAINE

More than seven months after the start of the war, Russia President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed treaties annexing occupied Ukrainian regions — Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Donetsk. At the ceremony held in Moscow, Putin loudly proclaimed that they will “defend their land”.

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The Kharkiv region, an early target of Moscow’s February 24 invasion and home to Ukraine’s largely Russian-speaking second city, did not feature in the event, after a stunning counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces. Now, Putin has called on Kyiv to ‘immediately’ cease military action and return to the negotiation table. India had abstained on a draft resolution tabled in the UN Security Council, that condemned Russia’s “illegal referenda” and annexation of four Ukrainian territories.

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