Putin Demands Ukraine Surrender as He Threatens Major Assault on Kyiv

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Vladimir Putin has issued a dire warning to Ukraine – surrender and submit to his terms to end the war now — or face an overwhelming assault on the nation’s capital stronghold of Kyiv.

Speaking at a meeting with leaders of the Kremlin-controlled Russian Parliament, Putin accused Western allies of fueling the hostilities between the neighboring countries, claiming that “the West wants to fight us until the last Ukrainian.”

“It’s a tragedy for the Ukrainian people, but it looks like it’s heading in that direction,” said Putin. “Everybody should know that, largely speaking, we haven’t even yet started anything in earnest.”

The Russian leader said that Russia remains ready to sit down for cease-fire talks. However, “those who refuse to do so should know that the longer it lasts, the more difficult it will be for them to make a deal with us.”

Putin then added, “We are hearing that they want to defeat us on the battlefield. Let them try.”

Putin also reiterated a previous claim that the West is using the Russia-Ukraine conflict to try to isolate and weaken Moscow.

“They simply don’t need such a country as Russia,” Putin said. “This is why they have used terrorism, separatism, and internal destructive forces in our country.”

While Putin did not say exactly what he wants from Ukraine in order to call off the threatened mass invasion of Kyiv, in earlier stages of the conflict, the Kremlin wanted Kyiv to acknowledge Russian sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in 2014. It also demanded the Ukrainians recognize the independence of Moscow-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.

According to The Associated Press, Moscow also said it expected Ukraine to “bow” to the existing situation on the ground, a reference to the Russian troops’ territorial gains over the last 4 1/2 months.

Earlier this week, the Russian military claimed control of Ukraine’s Luhansk province, one of the two regions that make up Donbas, and reportedly has plans of entering the Donetsk region.

Putin reasons that Western sanctions against Russia have failed to achieve their goal of “sowing division and strife in our society and demoralizing our people.”

“The course of history is unstoppable, and attempts by the collective West to enforce its version of the global order are doomed to fail,” he added.

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