Russia not to withdraw its troops from Ukraine by year-end, says Kremlin spokesman

13 December 2022, 04:51 PM
Dmitry Peskov (Photo:REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina)

Dmitry Peskov (Photo:REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina)

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine by the end of the year “is out of question,” Russian news agency RBC quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Dec. 13.

According to Peskov, Ukraine allegedly “should take into account those realities that have developed over all this time.”

He said that “new subjects appeared” in Russia as a result of “referendums.”

Peskov was probably referring to sham referendums Russia held in four regions of Ukraine in September. The Kremlin falsely claims to have annexed Ukraine’s Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

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However, Moscow controls none of these regions in their entirety, and its claim to have annexed them is recognized only by a handful of rogue and pariah states.

Earlier, in an address to the G7 leaders, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that he offers Russia to withdraw its troops from the internationally recognized territory of Ukraine by Dec. 25.

According to the Ukrainian leader, Christmas and New Year are coming when “normal people think about peace, not aggression.”

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