The Kremlin has issued a statement on Thursday saying that Kyiv government “has every opportunity” to “end the suffering” in Ukraine if they meet all their demands.
Kyiv could “end the suffering” for millions of their population by meeting the Kremlin’s demands which will resolve the conflict and “bring the situation back to normal.”
On Wednesday Russian forces fired a barrage of around 70 missiles which hit Ukraine, killing at least 10 people and leaving millions without water and electricity for heating as Kyiv is being plunged into -20C and snowy conditions.
Vladimir Putin has claimed that he does not wish to destroy Ukraine or its people.
The Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, “The leadership of Ukraine has every opportunity to bring the situation back to normal, has every opportunity to resolve the situation in such a way as to fulfil the requirements of the Russian side and, accordingly, end all possible suffering among the population.”
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In March, the Kremlin issued Ukraine with a list of demands to stop the war, they said, firstly, that Ukraine ceases military action, secondly, Ukraine amends their constitution so they will not join any bloc, such as NATO or the EU.
Lastly the Kremlin said that Ukraine must recognise that Crimea is now Russian territory, and Luhansk and Donetsk are independent states.
This comes as Moscow are “very worried” that Ukraine has the tactical advantage and they “have momentum” as they are now eyeing Crimea.
Mick Ryan, a former Australian Major General and military strategist, said, “The armed forces of Ukraine seized the initiative in this war some time ago.
“They have momentum. There is no way that they will want to waste that.”
But another train of thought is that the winter months are setting in Russian troops will stuck in trenches with temperatures hitting at least -30C whilst Ukrainian forces will sit back and wait until perhaps, the New Year before they start their counteroffensive.
By this time Russian morale will be low, thousands will be sick as they have inadequate winter clothing unlike the Ukrainian troops.
Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, formerly commander of the US Army in Europe, believes that Ukraine will start their “decisive phase” of the war in January to recapture Crimea which was annexed in 2014 by Moscow.