Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday that Moscow is still ready to negotiate with Kiev, but “taking into account the facts for the moment”.
“We are still open to negotiations. We have never rejected them. Of course, we are ready to negotiate, taking into account the facts that emerge in this moment, “said the TASS news agency, citing Zakharova.
On Tuesday, Zakharova said the West’s arms supply to Ukraine directly affects Kiev’s readiness for negotiations, noting that talks have been suspended since last April due to Ukraine’s failure to respond to Russian proposals.
This comes when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised that his forces would not give up an inch in the battles. in course for the control of the eastern Donetsk region.
The focal points of the conflict are located in the industrial zone of Donetsk around the cities of Bakhmut, Solidar and Avdiivka, the scene of the heaviest fighting in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian military operation in late February.
“The occupants are still very active,” Zelensky said in his video speech Tuesday night. “Dozens of attacks every day”.
“They are taking great losses. But the progress towards the administrative borders of the Donetsk region remains the same. We will not give up an inch of our land,” he added.
L’area it is one of four that Russia announced it had annexed in late September. Fighting has continued there between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian forces since 2014, the same year in which Moscow annexed the Crimea in the south.
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