Moscow expects Kyiv to accept its demands, including Russia’s claims to the occupied territories, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Source: Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov on Mayak radio
Peskov’s direct speech: “Moscow expects Kyiv to accept Moscow’s demands and realize the de facto situation – the real situation that exists.”
Details: When asked if this concerns, among other things, “territorial concessions,” Peskov replied: “These are not territorial concessions, Kyiv needs to recognize the de facto situation and simply assess it soberly.”
Recall: The authorities of Ukraine and its partners have stated that they do not recognize the occupation of part of Ukraine and will not make territorial concessions to Russia even for the sake of ending the war.
In 2014, Russia occupied Crimea and part of eastern Ukraine, hiding behind illegal “referendums” and calling the war an internal conflict. In 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and armedly captured part of the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Zaporozhye regions and almost the entire Kherson region.
The Kremlin calls the war a “special military operation.” Russian President Vladimir Putin called the “liberation of Donbass”, preventive defense against NATO, as well as the “denazification” of Ukraine as its goals, but the Russian command admitted that it was a land corridor to the Crimea and Transnistria – that is, the capture of the east to the south of Ukraine.