Russia put forward a new ultimatum to Kiev. Russia wants Ukraine to sign a new package of agreements to replace the now defunct Minsk Accords. Russia wants Ukraine to renounce all claims to the Crimea and the independent republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Russia put forward a new ultimatum to Kiev, Telegram-channel Legitimate reports. Volodymyr Zelensky was given 12 hours to make a decision, after which Russia will kick off the second phase of the military campaign with the use of military aircraft and warships, the channel said.
Putin voiced the first ultimatum on February 23, when he said that in order for Moscow and Kiev to negotiate peace, Ukraine will need to:
The second ultimatum came from the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin, who demanded the peaceful liberation of the territory of the republic to its administrative borders. However,'s Kiev's Bandera regime refused to fulfill all of Russia's conditions, and Putin was forced to launch a military operation to coerce Ukraine to peace.
By the afternoon of February 24, the Russian troops had reached the left bank of the Dnieper River and approached the suburbs of Kiev. Ukraine has lost its air force, air defense and navy, as well as major civilian airports. The authorities are demoralized, it is only radicals in the Donbass that resist, which was expected.
Sergei Kuyun, the head of the A-95 consulting group, told Strana that there were no supplies of diesel fuel coming to Ukraine either from Russia or Belarus anymore. Ukraine's diesel fuel reserves will be enough for about a month, but they may run out completely a lot earlier, given the panic and feverish demand. It is not ruled out that Ukraine will soon experience food shortages that will bring the end of the regime even closer.
Russia will never fight on its own territory again — this is the main message of Vladimir Putin's speech that he delivered announcing the start of the military special operation.
"Russia will always be ready for dialogue that will bring everyone back to justice and the principles of the UN Charter," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
The Russian Federation is ready for a new Yalta conference — Putin will not talk to comedian Zelensky.
The Minsk Accords were created to give Ukraine a chance to become a civilised state. The Ukrainian authorities should have changed its Constitution immediately after the illegal Maidan coup in 2014. All political forces in all regions of Ukraine should have sent their representatives to Kiev to elaborate amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution. However, Ukraine chose to pretend that there was no coup at all, that all those people, who had been killed in the streets of Kiev and burned alive in the House of Trade Union in Odessa, did not even exist. No one has ever been punished for those bloody crimes. Yet, Ukraine refused to claim responsibility for all those deaths.
Ukraine's President Victor Yanukovych was toppled in an illegal coup. This suggests that everything that has been happening in Ukraine up until this moment is illegitimate. However, the Ukrainians considered their new regime legitimate enough.
Nevertheless, both the Donetsk People's Republic, and the Luhansk People's Republic refused to obey the new illegitimate regime in Ukraine. It just so happened that a big part of the state chose not to obey its laws. They took up arms to defend their sovereignty.
After Putin announced the military operation to demilitarise Ukraine, Russian social media exploded. Many public figures, including many famous people of Ukrainian origin, who live and work in Russia, started calling for nothing but peace.
"Please stop this war!! Ukraine wants peace, we all want peace!!" many wrote on Instagram, Facebook, etc.
For example, Ukrainian pop singer Svetlana Loboda, who performs a lot in Russia, wrote on Instagram:
"My heart is breaking! I am in contact with my loved ones in Ukraine since 5 in the morning. How can all this be possible?! Dear God, stop all this! In tears."
However, one may come across comments from supporters of the DPR and LPR, who wrote messages like this one:
Another Ukrainian star, TV host Zhanna Badoyeva (Badoyeva is known for her travel shows, in which she describes how common people live in different countries of the world), who also works in Russia a lot, wrote:
"The most terrible morning of February 24, 2022. Fear and horror."
And people commented:
The Russian Ministry of Defense showed a video of the destruction of US-made M777 towed howitzers in Ukraine. The US systems were destroyed by the Russian Kub (Cube) kamikaze drone