'Stop fighting...': Vladimir Putin warns Ukraine

Updated on Mar 06, 2022 07:05 PM IST

Vladimir Putin, Russia-Ukraine crisis: Russia invaded Ukraine February 24 citing national security concerns over Kyiv's closeness to Western powers and move to join the NATO.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation in the Kremlin in Moscow.(AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation in the Kremlin in Moscow.(AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered an ominous warning Sunday, telling Ukraine the 'military operation' that has killed hundreds (potentially thousands) already would only stop if Kyiv laid down arms and met all of the Kremlin's demands. Putin's thinly-veiled threat was part of a telephone call with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, to whom he said Ukraine would be better advised to adopt a 'constructive' approach to the third round of peace talks.

Putin, whose comments were published in a Kremlin readout of the call, said his 'special operation' in Ukraine - denounced today by Pope Francis as a 'war' that had led 'rivers of tears and blood' - was going according to plan and to schedule.

"It was underlined the suspension of the special operation is only possible if Kyiv stops… and carries out well-known Russian demands," the Kremlin said.

Full coverage: Russia-Ukraine war

Russia invaded Ukraine February 24 citing national security concerns over Kyiv's closeness to Western powers and move to join the NATO.

The day after Russia said it was ready to talk if Ukraine 'lays down arms'.

But a belligerent Moscow has insisted its attacks will not end till Ukraine's military capabilities are destroyed and the country purged of 'neo Nazis'.

Ukraine has made several pleas before the global community and to individual western nations looking for support but nothing, so far, seems forthcoming, with the United States and others wary of a boots-on-the-ground situation.

Russia has captured the port city of Kherson and the derelict Chernobyl nuclear plant, and has surrounded Kharkiv, Chernihiv, and Mariupol, where a second bid at evacuating non-combatants failed today as missiles hit the airport.

EXPLAINED: Why Russia captured Chernobyl, site of horrific nuclear incident

A military convoy is moving slowly on capital Kyiv, although its advance has been slowed by strong resistance, British military intelligence reported.

READ: Staunch resistance delays Russia's capture of Ukraine capital - UK intel

"If you fail to offer a powerful assistance to Ukraine… tomorrow the war will knock on your door,” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned.

Two rounds of talks have yielded no result, with Moscow determined to pummel Kyiv into submission and Ukraine's military keeping invading forces' at bay.

A third round is expected soon, with each side having submitted a list of demands for consideration.

With input from Reuters, PTI

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