MOSCOW – Russia said Tuesday that it will halt its offensive as soon as Ukraine surrendered, asking Kiev to order its forces to lay down their arms.
“The Ukrainian side may put an end to everything today,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
“An order for nationalist units to lay down their arms is required,” he said, adding that Kyiv must meet a list of Moscow’s demands.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked foreign powers on Monday to do everything possible to assist halt Russia’s intervention by the end of the year.
He also stated that the time had not yet arrived to hold discussions with Russia, citing Kyiv’s desire to cement its positions, according to France.
When asked to react on Zelensky’s remarks, Peskov stated, “We are led by our president’s declarations – the special military operation is operating according to plan and achieving its aims.”