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Putin sets out Ukraine ceasefire conditions



Putin sets out Ukraine ceasefire conditions

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Vladimir Putin has said Russia will immediately cease fire and begin negotiations to end the war in Ukraine if Kyiv withdraws troops from four contested regions.

These would include areas Moscow has never controlled during its two-year invasion or from which it subsequently withdrew.

The Russian president’s demands, made during a speech on Friday, were the most specific conditions he has set for a possible end to the war — but made it clear he would set out a maximalist position in any peace talks.

Ukraine is highly unlikely to accept Putin’s conditions, which would effectively give Russia control of four regions: Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia.

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