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Israel has a unique status as a “mutual friend” of Russia and Ukraine, with strategic interests in the stability of both nations. (Image: Annie Gugliotta via gzeromedia.com)

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Walking a diplomatic tightrope because of Russia’s influence in Syria, Israel continued to support Ukrainian victims and the cause of peace as representatives for the combatants met in Istanbul.

Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter that at the head of the discussion list were unconditional security guarantees for Ukraine; a verifiable cease-fire; and protection of humanitarian convoys as the “difficult negotiations for peace in our country” continued.

Ynet News reported “Ukraine would agree not to join alliances or host bases of foreign troops, but would have its security guaranteed in terms similar to “Article 5”, the collective defense clause of NATO.” 

“They identified Israel and NATO members Canada, Poland and Turkey as countries that could help provide such guarantees. Russia, the United States, Britain, Germany and Italy could also provide guarantees… top Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said he would examine the Ukrainian proposals and report on them to President Vladimir Putin.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has spoken on multiple occasions with both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in pursuit of a path to peace.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made a statement on Tuesday evening after the day of talks, noting with concern that tens of thousands of civilians in the port city of Mariupol are trapped by Russian shelling and air assaults.

“Israel expresses deep concern regarding the dire humanitarian situation in Mariupol and calls for Russia to stop the fighting and allow for the evacuation of civilians to safety,” he said on Twitter.

“We can say the signals we are receiving from the talks are positive,” said President Zelenskyy, “but they do not drown out the explosions of Russian shells.”

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The terrorist shooting spree in B’nei Brak claimed the lives of two foreign workers seated on a café patio outside a grocer popularly frequented by Ukrainian construction workers.

The Ukrainian embassy confirmed the deaths of Dimitri ‘Dima’ Mitrik (32) and Victor ‘Sasha’ Sorokopot (24), who were murdered in addition to two Israeli civilians and a police officer. The terrorist, from an Arab village near Jenin, was previously jailed for 2 ½ years for planning to take part in a suicide bombing. He also served time in for membership in a terror group and weapons dealing

Israel has a 15,000-strong Ukrainian community, and since the Russian invasion on February 24 has taken in 20,000 refugees, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said.

Valentyna Veretska, 31, of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, crosses the finish line as the first woman to finish this year’s Jerusalem Marathon. (Screencap: @Israel Twitter)

In late February Valentyna Veretska, 31, of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, fled to Israel with her 11 year old daughter. A month later, she won the 2022 Jerusalem Marathon.

Veretska told reporters the day before the race she was going to “run for peace”.  Her time as the first woman across the finish line was 2:45:54, earning her the third overall position. Ageze Guadie, 33, from Israel, finished first in the men’s category, with a time of 2:37:17.

Veretska was invited to the Jerusalem Marathon after her third-place finish at the Riyadh Half Marathon in Saudi Arabia in early March. Jerusalem’s hilly terrain forces marathon challengers to run upwards of 400 meters of elevation gain over the 42.2 km course. She is currently ranked 444th among female marathoners by World Athletics.

Race organizers estimated that of the thousands of competitors, around 40 Ukrainian immigrants and refugees took part in the race.

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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