On Wednesday, Russia’s chief negotiator in talks with Ukraine, Vladimir Medinsky, explained the following:
Moscow is “sincere” about wanting its special military operation to end “as soon as possible.”
Yet multiple rounds of talks have been “hard and slow-going” — notably because hegemon US-dominated NATO wants perpetual war along Russia’s border, Medinsky left unexplained.
Both sides are covering a range of issues, Medinsky adding:
Russia’s aim “is to achieve peace on Ukrainian soil, to see a peaceful, neutral and friendly state, which will not be NATO’s stronghold or a citadel of forces that wish to cause harm to our country.”
“The negotiators’ main task is to search through the tremendous amount of complex issues to pick those on which agreement is possible, to rely on them, to include these points of agreement in the agenda and to gradually move forward step by step towards the end result that will suit our peoples — the conclusion of peace” and elimination of a cross-border Ukrainian threat to Russia.
“(T)he striving of our state and the task set by the president is to achieve peace on Ukrainian soil, to see a peaceful, neutral and friendly state, which will not be NATO’s stronghold or a citadel of forces that wish to cause harm to our country.”
On Tuesday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Konashenkov explained the following:
“Russian Armed Forces have taken full control of the entire territory of the Kherson region.”
“Russian airborne troops captured a base of nationalists and foreign mercenaries near the Guta-Mezhigorskaya settlement.”
“Ten US-made Javelin anti-tank missiles and a number of other weapons provided to Ukraine by Western countries” were seized.
Along with other foreign weapons, they’ll be given Donetsk and Lugansk freedom fighters for self-defense.
On Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov called it unacceptable for Ukraine to be armed by US/NATO with “weapons…that pose a threat to Russia,” adding:
“We are ready to (discuss) those types of weapons that do not pose a threat to us.”
Transforming Ukraine into a largely demilitarized neutral country is an option under discussion, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Lifting draconian sanctions on Russia is another major issue, Peskov added with no further elaboration.
Separately, Russia’s Defense Ministry said it liberated nearly 260,000 Ukrainians and foreign nationals, including students from 22 countries since Feb. 24.
Along with thousands of vehicles, they crossed into Russia to be out of harm’s way.
Thousands of Ukrainians and foreign nationals continue to be held by Nazi-infested battalions as human shields.
Overnight, a Ukrainian-fired Tochka-U ballistic missile struck a residential area of Makeevka in Donbass.
Four people were injured, including two children.
US/Western MSM maintain a conspiracy of silence about Kiev’s aggression, blaming Russia and Donbass for its crimes of war and against humanity.
According to thesaker.is on Tuesday, Russian forces “wiped out (Ukraine’s) 95th airmobile brigade…one of (the regime’s) most combat capable units.”
Entrenched in “very heavily defended” Avdeeka, it was used as a platform for “unleash(ing) terror” on Donetsk civilians.
With the town entirely “flattened,” a major threat they faced no longer exists.
Russian forces “destroyed the most combat capable Ukrainian unit in the most heavily defended town.”
The clear “message” to other Ukrainian forces is unambiguous — “lay down arms” or face a similar fate.
Notably according to polls, “the Empire of Lies” is on the psyop back foot in Ukraine, notably with Vladimir Putin’s approval at over 77% — compared to the fake Biden’s at little more than half this support.
Separately, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen sounded daft saying that plans by EU countries are to abandon Russian energy.
According to head of Russia’s Foreign Ministry Department of European Cooperation Nikolay Kobrinets:
EU countries get 45 % of their gas and coal from Russia, a fourth of their oil.
Abandoning its energy would crush their economies and immiserate millions of their people.
Europe’s dependency on Russian energy won’t change in the short or intermediate term.