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Russia’s Minister Lavrov issues ultimatum to Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has issued an ultimatum to Ukraine: either comply with Moscow’s demands, which include ceding Ukrainian land that it now occupies, or let the Russian army decide Ukraine’s future.

Speaking a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated his willingness to engage in peace negotiations, a statement that the United States has criticized as being dishonest, Lavrov advised Kyiv to agree with Moscow’s demands for its “own good.”

The enemy is well aware of our proposals for the demilitarization and denazification of the regime-controlled territories, as well as the elimination of security threats coming from those areas, including our newly acquired lands, Lavrov was quoted as saying late on Monday by the state news agency TASS.

The message is clear: Comply with them for your own benefit. Otherwise, the Russian army will determine the matter,” Lavrov stated.

When TASS asked Lavrov how long the confrontation would last, he responded, “The ball is in the court of the regime and Washington is behind it.”

On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated that Moscow was open to talks and blamed the lack of negotiations on Kyiv and its Western backers. The US has criticized these remarks as being insincere.

Russian forces are engaged in fierce fighting in the east and south of Ukraine as the war enters its eleventh month, despite numerous battlefield setbacks for Moscow. Meanwhile, Russia’s missile and drone attacks have destroyed Ukraine’s civil infrastructure, leaving millions without power, heat, or water.

In his nightly video message on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that the situation at the front in the Donbas region was “tough and painful” and demanded all of the nation’s “power and concentration.” Nearly nine million people, he claimed, were currently without electricity as a result of Russia’s attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. This figure represents around 25% of Ukraine’s total population.

Thousands of troops on both sides have died, and tens of thousands of civilians from Ukraine have also been slain in cities that Russia has destroyed.

At the Commonwealth of Independent States meeting that Putin hosted for former Soviet leaders in St. Petersburg on Monday, he avoided making any specific mention of the conflict in Ukraine but noted that dangers to the security and stability of the Eurasian region were growing.

Unfortunately, there are more difficulties and dangers in this area every year, especially from without, he stated.

Since the invasion in February, Ukraine has drove Russian forces out of its northern territory, routed them near the city of Kyiv, and compelled them to retreat into its eastern and southern regions. However, large portions of the eastern and southern territory Putin claims to have annexed remain under Russian authority.

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