The Kremlin said Thursday it was up to the Ukrainian president to end the military conflict in the country, suggesting terms that Kiev has repeatedly rejected, while Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to continue with the fighting despite Western criticism.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “(Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelenskyj knows when it might end. It could end tomorrow if he wishes.”
Russia has long said that Ukraine must accept Russian terms to end the fighting, now in its 10th month. He demanded that Kiev recognize Crimea – a Ukrainian peninsula that Moscow illegally annexed in 2014 – as part of Russia and also accept Moscow’s other land acquisitions since the war broke out.
Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian officials have repeatedly rejected such terms, saying the war will end when the occupied territories are reconquered or Russian forces leave them.
Putin vowed on Thursday to achieve his stated goals in Ukraine regardless of Western reaction.
“All we have to do is make a move and there is a lot of noise and chatter and clamor all over the universe. It will not prevent us from carrying out combat tasks, ”she said.
He described the Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy facilities and other key infrastructure as a legitimate response to the October bombing of a Crimean bridge linking with mainland Russia.
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