Russia tells Ukraine war can end if they give up 3 key regions

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Russia tells Ukraine war can end if they give up 3 key regions

Russia has told Ukraine it will halt its invasion “in a moment” if Kyiv agrees to give up three key regions, Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson said Monday.

Moscow is demanding Ukraine cease military action, acknowledge Crimea as Russian territory and recognize the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Ukraine was aware of their demands.

“They were told that all this can be stopped in a moment,” Peskov told Reuters in a phone interview.

“We really are finishing the demilitarization 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.”

Russian troops move towards Ukraine on the road near Armiansk, Crimea, 25 February 2022.
Russian troops entered Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
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Local residents receive humanitarian aid delivered in the Ukrainian village of Bugas recently taken under control by the Donetsk People's Republic troops.
Local residents receive humanitarian aid delivered in the Ukrainian village of Bugas recently taken under control by the Donetsk People’s Republic troops.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed Russia wasn’t trying to make any further territorial claims on Ukraine with its invasion.
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A wounded woman is seen after an airstrike damaged an apartment complex in city of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine on February 24, 2022
A wounded woman is seen after an airstrike damaged an apartment complex in city of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
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Russian Army military armoured vehicle drives along a street, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in the town of Armyansk, Crimea, February 24, 2022.
Russian and Ukrainian delegations were preparing to meet on Monday for a third round of peace talks.
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The Ukrainian side did not immediately react to Russia’s ultimatums.

The demands come 12 days after Putin ordered his troops to attack Ukraine from the north, east and south.

The deadly invasion, which provoked outrage across the world and led to heavy sanctions on Moscow, has already heavily pounded cities including Kyiv, Kharkiv and Mariupol.


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Infantry fighting vehicles are pictured in the village of Bugas that came under the control of the Donetsk People's Republic.
Infantry fighting vehicles are pictured in the village of Bugas that came under the control of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
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Residents of Chuhuiv stand in an apartment that has been severely damaged by a Russian bombardment.
Residents of Chuhuiv stand in an apartment that has been severely damaged by a Russian bombardment.
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A fire hits an oil terminal. The Lugansk People’s Republic lays blame on shelling from Ukrainian troops.
The Ukrainian side did not immediately react to Russia’s ultimatums.
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Moscow is demanding Ukraine acknowledge Crimea as Russian territory and recognize the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states.
damage to fuel storage areas and other airport infrastructure at the Chuhuiv airfield in the eastern Ukrainian city of Chuhuiv, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine  February 24, 2022.
Damage to fuel storage areas and other airport infrastructure at the Chuhuiv airfield in the eastern Ukrainian city of Chuhuiv, February 24, 2022.
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Peskov claimed Russia wasn’t trying to make any further territorial claims on Ukraine with its invasion — and insisted it was “not true” that Moscow was demanding Kyiv be handed over.

Speaking about the issue of neutrality, Peskov said: “They should make amendments to the constitution according to which Ukraine would reject any aims to enter any bloc.”

He added: “We have also spoken about how they should recognize that Crimea is Russian territory and that they need to recognize that Donetsk and Lugansk are independent states. And that’s it. It will stop in a moment.”

A view from an apartment block damaged in a shelling attack.
A view from an apartment block damaged in a shelling attack.
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Dmitry Peskov, Russia's Presidential Spokesman
Dmitry Peskov Dmitry Peskov said Ukraine was aware of their demands.
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Service members of pro-Russian troops in uniforms without insignia hold weapons near a truck in the separatist-controlled settlement of Rybinskoye during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Donetsk region, Ukraine March 5, 2022.
The demands come 12 days after Putin ordered his troops to attack Ukraine.
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An evacuated Mariupol civilian with dogs at an emergency sercice station in the village of Bezymennoye
An evacuated Mariupol civilian with dogs at an emergency service station in the village of Bezymennoye.
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Service members of pro-Russian troops in uniforms without insignia drive an armoured vehicle in the separatist-controlled village of Bugas during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Donetsk region, Ukraine March 6, 2022.
Moscow is demanding Ukraine cease military action.
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It comes as Russian and Ukrainian delegations were preparing to meet on Monday for a third round of peace talks.

The demands also came as Russian forces suffered a defeat after Ukrainian troops retook control of the northeastern town of Chuhuiv, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych revealed Monday.

Chuhuiv was among the first places to report shelling in Russia’s invasion.

With Post wires

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