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KYIV: Ukraine’s foreign minister said Sunday that Kyiv would not buckle at talks with Russia over its invasion, accusing President Vladimir Putin of seeking to increase “pressure” by ordering his nuclear forces on high alert.

“We will not surrender, we will not capitulate, we will not give up a single inch of our territory,” Dmytro Kuleba said at a press conference broadcast online.

Fighting raged Sunday in Ukraine on day four of a Russian invasion that has sent shockwaves around the world.

Ukraine said it would hold talks with Russia “without preconditions” at its Belarus border after Moscow had earlier demanded Kyiv’s military lay down their arms before negotiations could begin.

Ukraine’s forces have put up fierce resistance and claim to have inflicted heavy damages on the Russian military.

Kuleba said that after it “suffered losses and realised their plan did not go as it was designed, their blitzkrieg failed, Russia started speaking with the language of ultimatums, saying they are ready to talk with preconditions.”

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