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Putin offers a ceasefire in Ukraine, but demands a comprehensive deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he is ready to make a ceasefire deal with Ukraine, but gave a list of demands for a deal that Kiev was not satisfied with.

Russia has had the upper hand hand in its two-year war against Ukraine, making gains in eastern Europe and depleting the manpower and weaponry of Ukrainian forces. Putin would order a ceasefire in Ukraine and begin peace negotiations, provided Kiev withdraws all its forces from four main regions of eastern Ukraine and hands them over to Russia. seconds in Russian state media.

“Today we are making another concrete and real peace proposal,” Putin said, according to Russian state media. “If Kiev and the Western capitals reject it… that is their business, their political and moral responsibility to continue the bloodshed. Obviously, the realities on the ground, along the line of engagement will continue to change, and not in in favor of the Kiev regime. The conditions for the start of negotiations will change.”

Putin also made other demands, including that Kiev recognize Crimea region of Ukraine annexed by Russia in 2014, as Russian territory. He said Ukraine must remain a non-nuclear country, limit its military forces and abandon its goal of joining the NATO alliance; Western nations must also lift their sanctions against Russia, seconds in The Associated Press.

Kiev immediately rejected the deal on Friday, claiming the terms of the deal were “manipulative” and “absurd” and intended to “deceive the international community, undermine diplomatic efforts aimed at achieving a just peace and divide the unity of the world's majority”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy flagged the deal at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy on Friday, according to Reuters.

“These are ultimatum messages that are no different from past messages,” Zelenskyy said on the sidelines of the summit, saying Russia would not honor the deal even if Kiev accepted it. seconds to Reuters. “It won't stop. It's the same thing that Hitler was doing… That's why we shouldn't trust these messages.”

The US and the West have rallied behind Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in 2022, offering political, economic and military support; only the US has it provided approximately $175 billion in Ukrainian and European security aid. Even with Western help, however, Ukraine has done it he fought to repel the Russian forces, who have largely recovered the losses suffered initially in the war.

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