The third round of talks between Russia and Ukraine ended Monday without any significant breakthroughs, although Ukrainian officials said there were slight shifts on safe passages for civilians.

Iran PressEurope: The first round of Russian-Ukrainian talks was held in the Belarusian city of Gomel on February 28; The second round of talks took place on March 3 in the town of Brest Bloers, near the Polish border.

Although an overall deal has not been reached, Ukraine's lead negotiator, Mykhailo Podolyak, said on Twitter after the talks that "there were some small positive shifts regarding logistics of humanitarian corridors." He added that the two sides will continue talks on a ceasefire.

Russia’s top negotiator, Vladimir Medinsky, said he expects that humanitarian corridors in Ukraine will finally start functioning Tuesday. He said no progress has been made on a political settlement, but he voiced hope that the next round could be more productive.

The first round of talks took place inside Ukraine, close to the border with Belarus. Ukrainian negotiators had rejected Moscow's proposal to meet in Belarus, a close Russian ally that has allowed Russian troops to use its territory as a launchpad for invading Ukraine. Subsequent negotiations have taken place in Belarus, close to the Polish border. 219

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