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Envoy: Ukraine’s peace summit may take place on Feb 24

A resident pushes his bike on a snow covered street next to destroyed residential buildings in Borodyanka, near Kyiv on Dec 4, 2022. (DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP)

KYIV – Ukraine's Ambassador to Türkiye Vasyl Bodnar said that a summit to discuss the peace plan for Ukraine may take place on Feb 24, as Ukraine is tightening up the defense of its border with Belarus.

Bodnar said the summit, which is due to be held under the mediation of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, is expected to be held at the UN headquarters in New York, the Ukrainian government-run Ukrinform news agency reported Thursday.

He thanked Türkiye for the support for a Kiev-proposed plan on establishing peace in Ukraine, and its readiness to assist in its implementation.

Serhiy Nayev, the commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, stressed that the current situation at the border with Belarus does not pose a direct threat of a ground offensive against Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky put forward a 10-point peace plan for ending the Russia-Ukraine conflict at the G20 summit in Indonesia in November 2022.

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Meanwhile, Serhiy Nayev, the commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said the country is boosting the defense of its border with Belarus, but stressed that the current situation at the border does not pose a direct threat of a ground offensive against Ukraine.

"We professionally perform the tasks assigned to us, and gradually increase our defense capabilities," Nayev was quoted as saying by the Joint Forces' press service.

Ukraine is in contact with its foreign partners, such as the United States and Poland, over the situation at the Ukraine-Belarus border, Nayev said.

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Last year, Ukraine started constructing a wall along its border with Belarus, which includes a ditch, a reinforced concrete fence and barbed wire, among other barriers.

Ukraine and Belarus share a border of about 1,000 km.