Ukraine and Russia agree to talks without preconditions, Zelenskiy says

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy chairs an urgent meeting with the leadership of the government, representatives of the defence sector and the economic bloc, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 24, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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LVIV, Ukraine, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet for talks at a venue on the Belarusian border with Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's office said on Sunday.

The talks, the first since Russia unleashed a full scale invasion of Ukraine last week, would be held without preconditions and are the result of a phone call between Zelenskiy and the Belarusian president, Zelenskiy said.

"We agreed that the Ukrainian delegation would meet with the Russian delegation without preconditions on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, near the Pripyat River," he said in a statement.

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Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Alison Williams

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