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Moscow’s ultimatum: Ukraine fulfils its proposals or Russian army will decide


KYIV : Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov launched Ukraine an ultimatum on Monday to fulfill Moscowproposal of, including surrender territory Russia control, or its military will decide the matter, the day after the President Putin said he was willing to negotiate.
Kyiv and its Western allies have rejected Putin’s offer of talks, with his forces attacking Ukrainian towns with missiles and rockets and Moscow continuing to demand Kyiv recognize the conquest. 5 countries.
Kiev vowed to fight until Russia withdrew.
“Our proposals for the demilitarization and denuclearization of regime-controlled territories, removing threats to Russia’s security stem from them, including those our new, well known by the enemy,” state news agency TASS quoted Lavrov as saying. Second.
“The matter is very simple: Do them for your own good. Otherwise, the matter will be decided by the Russian military.”
Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, calling it a “special operation” to “denuclearize” and demilitarize Ukraine, which he sees as a threat to Russia. Kyiv and the West say that Putin’s invasion is merely a land grab of imperialism.
As the war entered its 11th month, Russian forces fought fierce battles in eastern and southern Ukraine, after embarrassing defeats on the battlefield.
On Monday, an alleged Ukrainian drone penetrated hundreds of kilometers through Russian airspace, causing a deadly explosion at the main base for Moscow’s strategic bombers during the attack. the latest publicity to expose vulnerabilities in the country’s air defense system.
A suspected drone struck the same base on December 5.
Moscow on Monday said it shot down the drone, causing it to crash at Engels Air Base, where three servicemen were killed. Ukraine did not comment, following its usual policy on incidents inside Russia.
The base, the main airfield for bombers that Kiev says Moscow has used to attack Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, is hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border. Similar planes are also designed to launch nuclear-capable missiles as part of Russia’s long-term strategic deterrence.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that no aircraft were damaged, but Russian and Ukrainian social media accounts said some were destroyed. Reuters was unable to independently verify the reports.
COUNTRIES OF THE OTHER Soviet Union
Putin hosted the leaders of other former Soviet states in St Petersburg on Monday for a summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States group, which Ukraine has long abandoned.
In his televised address, Putin did not mention the war directly, while saying that threats to the security and stability of Eurasia were growing.
“Unfortunately, the challenges and threats in this sector, especially from the outside, are only increasing each year,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we must also acknowledge that disagreements also arise between member states of the commonwealth.”
The invasion of Ukraine was a test of Russia’s longstanding supremacy among other former Soviet states.
Fighting has intensified in recent months between CIS members Armenia and Azerbaijan in a conflict in which Russia has sent peacekeepers, while border disputes have flared up between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Putin said such disagreements should be resolved through “acts of conciliation and help to comrades”.
NINE MILLION WITHOUT ELECTRICITY
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on Monday that the situation ahead in the Donbas region is “difficult and painful” and requires all the “strength and concentration” of country.
He said that the consequence of Russia’s targeting of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure is that nearly 9 million people are without electricity. That number represents about a quarter of Ukraine’s population.
Since the invasion, Ukraine has driven out Russian forces from the north, defeated them on the outskirts of the capital Kiev, and forced Russia to retreat to the east and south. But Moscow still controls the eastern and southern swathes of land that Putin claims to have annexed.
Tens of thousands of Ukrainian civilians were killed in cities razed by Russia, and thousands of soldiers on both sides were killed, forcing Putin to call up hundreds of thousands of reservists for the first time since World War I. two.

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