Moscow has said that they are “open to negotiation” to end the war in Ukraine following China’s 12 point peace plan for a ceasefire.
The Kremlin has on Tuesday repeated they are open to negotiations to end the conflict which has lasted more than a year between Russia and Ukraine, which Vladimir Putin has previously said.
On 30 September 2022 Moscow annexed four regions in Ukraine and signed a legal declaration that they will “never compromise” on the territories of the Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions of Ukraine, this also includes the Crimea peninsula.
Crimea was annexed in 2014 following sham elections and Putin has said that he will never return the peninsula back to Ukraine.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that Russia will never willingly give up these regions and are urging Ukraine to accept the “territorial realities” to end the war, or the conflict will continue until the end.
Peskov said on Tuesday afternoon, “There are certain realities that have already become an internal factor. I mean the new territories.
“The constitution of the Russian Federation exists and cannot be ignored.
“Russia will never be able to compromise on this, these are important realities.”
The authorities in Kyiv have said that they will not accept any peace deal unless Moscow agrees to return to the 1991 post-Soviet Union borders and this includes Crimea and the four annexed regions.
Ukraine are set to target Crimea and Kyiv has warned Moscow that they “will only stop when” the country is restored to “its 1991 borders.”
Vadym Skibitskyi, Deputy Chief of Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence told the German newspaper Deutsche Welle, that the annexed Black Sea peninsula is very much their focus.
Skibitskyi insisted that their counter-offensive will only be “to liberate all of the occupied territories of Ukraine including Crimea.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine started with the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Zelensky said, “Nine years ago, Russian aggression began in Crimea. By returning Crimea, we will restore peace.
“This is our land. Our people. Our history. We will return the Ukrainian flag to every corner of Ukraine.”