Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has now been going on for two weeks. Currently, both sides seem to be at a stalemate after the only significant city that Russia has captured is the south Ukrainian city of Kherson. The Russian military has encircled the east Ukrainian city of Mauripol and is currently negotiating with Ukraine to evacuate the city before launching a full scale assault.
Both sides have agreed to participate in negotiations that have went nowhere so far. Today, Russia came out with a new set of demands that it claims would end hostilities ‘in a moment’ if the Ukrainian government were to agree to them.
The demands include recognizing the independence of the Donetsk’s People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic as well as Ukraine amending its constitution to include a guarantee of neutrality that it would not join NATO or the European Union.
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“Russia has told Ukraine it is ready to halt military operations “in a moment” if Kyiv meets a list of conditions, the Kremlin spokesman said on Monday.
Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was demanding that Ukraine cease military action, change its constitution to enshrine neutrality, acknowledge Crimea as Russian territory, and recognise the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states.
It was the most explicit Russian statement so far of the terms it wants to impose on Ukraine to halt what it calls its “special military operation”, now in its 12th day.
Peskov told Reuters in a telephone interview that Ukraine was aware of the conditions. “And they were told that all this can be stopped in a moment.”
There was no immediate reaction from the Ukrainian side.
The Kremlin spokesman insisted Russia was not seeking to make any further territorial claims on Ukraine and said it was “not true” that it was demanding Kyiv be handed over.
“We really are finishing the demilitarisation of Ukraine. We will finish it. But the main thing is that Ukraine ceases its military action. They should stop their military action and then no one will shoot,” he said.”