LONDON, March 7: Russia has informed Ukraine that it is ready to halt military operations “immediately” if Kyiv meets a series of conditions, a Kremlin spokesman said on Monday.
Dmitry Peskov said Moscow demanded that Ukraine stop military operations, amend the constitution to achieve neutrality, recognize Crimea as Russian territory and the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states.
Russia has entered its 12th day in its clearest statement yet that it wants to impose conditions on Ukraine to halt what it calls a “special military operation.”
Peskov told Reuters in a phone interview that Ukraine was aware of the circumstances. “They were told that it could all stop in a split second.”
There was no immediate reaction from the Ukrainian side.
Russia has attacked Ukraine from the north, east and south, pounding cities including Kyiv, Kharkiv and the port of Mariupol. The invasion launched on Feb. 24, has caused the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two, provoked outrage across the world, and led to heavy sanctions on Moscow.