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Afghan’s Taliban urges Russia & Ukraine to make peace

The Taliban, in an official statement, have urged Russia and Ukraine to show 'restraint' and resolve the ongoing crisis through peaceful dialogue.

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Months after it took over Afghanistan in August last year, the Taliban have urged Russia and Ukraine to show ‘restraint’ and resolve the ongoing crisis through peaceful dialogue.

The Afghanistan’s Taliban has issued a statement regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the New York Times.

The statement, posted on Twitter by the group’s spokesperson, Mohammed Naeem, expressed concern about the “real possibility of civilian casualties” and called for restraint as well as a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

In reaffirming its neutrality, the Taliban added, “All sides need to desist from taking positions that could intensify violence.”

They also demanded that the lives of Afghan students and migrants in Ukraine be protected.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and expresses concern about the real possibility of civilian casualties. The Islamic Emirate calls for restraint by both parties. All sides need to desist from taking positions that could intensify violence,” the statement read.

Furthermore, The New York Times, following Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban, Ukraine evacuated nearly 100 Afghans to its capital, Kyiv.

The Taliban took over Afghanistan in a similar military attack on August 15, 2021 – after major cities like Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and Lashkar Gah fell without resistance as US troops retreated after 20 years from war-torn Afghanistan.

As per reports, over 1,000 civilians were killed and over 2,000 were injured when the Taliban launched their offensive.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, in line with its foreign policy of neutrality, calls on both sides of the conflict to resolve the crisis through dialogue and peaceful means. The Islamic Emirate also calls on parties to the conflict to pay attention to safeguarding the lives of Afghan students and migrants in Ukraine,” the Taliban statement said.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Defence Ministry on Friday said more than 1,000 Russian soldiers had been killed so far in the conflict.

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