The cessation of hostilities and the shelling of civilian infrastructure by Russian troops, which have already killed hundreds of civilians, is possible only if Kyiv surrenders, Russian state-owned propaganda outlet RIA Novosti quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on June 28.
According to Peskov, it is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who must order the Ukrainian troops to lay down their arms.
"The Ukrainian side can stop everything by the end of this day," the spokesman said.
"An order is required."
The Russian military has carried out a series of missile strikes in recent days that have hit civilian infrastructure and housing.
In particular, a missile strike on June 27 on the Amstor shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk killed at least 18 people. Some 36 people are still missing.
The Ukrainian president in turn said that the strike had no strategic value for the Russian army and thus the aggressor country was simply continuing to vent its anger on civilians.