Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, told reporters that he had no information about when the talks, which were last held last week, would resume, and whether the events in Bucha would affect their progress.
“The situation is serious, there is no doubt,” Mr. Peskov said.
Andrei Kortunov, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, a research organization close to the Russian government, said that the events in Bucha will certainly make progress even more difficult.
“It is hard to sit at a table and shake hands when such things happen,” he said.
While the talks are important, Mr. Kortunov said, they primarily depend on the military situation on the ground, where both sides are still waiting for more favorable conditions to emerge for them to press harder from the position of strength.
“As of today, there isn’t much hope,” he said.
The situation is further complicated by the fact that, while Mr. Putin alone can dictate Russian policy, in Ukraine, Mr. Zelensky is dependent on public opinion and a multitude of political actors in the country.
“The events in Bucha would make him even more constrained,” Mr. Kortunov said, referring to Mr. Zelensky.