In a telephone call with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed his demands to stop the military invasion of Ukraine.
This Monday, February 28, Putin said that neutrality, demilitarization of Ukraine, and recognition of Crimea as Russian are key to ending the war.
Russia’s demands are likely unattainable because demilitarizing Ukraine would make it even more vulnerable to invasions such as the one Putin has already initiated.
The Russian president had previously asked Ukraine to assume a neutral position and to not insist on joining NATO since it (Russia) considers it to be a “threat”.
The call with Macron lasted an hour and thirty minutes. The French president insisted on an immediate ceasefire.
For his part, Putin pledged to stop all attacks against the population, civilian infrastructure and places of residence. This commitment is in doubt, especially after he attacked orphanages, nursing homes and even kindergartens.
Putin assures the world that he has only attacked military targets; however, the images belie this.
“We agreed that the Ukrainian delegation would meet with the Russian delegation without preconditions on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border near the Pripiat River,” the Ukrainian president said on his official Telegram channel.
Zelensky took the opportunity on Monday to call for Ukraine’s inclusion in the European Union while demanding Putin to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops.