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Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the West of waging a proxy war in Ukraine and said the world should know that the war was only just beginning, almost five months after the invasion began.
“Everyone should know that, by and large, we haven’t even started anything serious yet,” Putin told parliament leaders.
“The course of history cannot be stopped, and the attempts of the collective West to impose its own version of the world order are doomed to failure.”
Putin said for the first time in weeks that Russia is ready to sit down at the negotiating table. peace talks with Ukrainewarning that “the longer this goes on, the harder it will be for them to make a deal with us.”
Ukraine embarked on a fierce defense of its territory, reinforced by billions of Western weapons that the United States and its allies sent to repel Russian troops.
Meanwhile, Russia’s attempts at peace talks are likely empty gestures, US officials have said in recent weeks.
“We do not see any interest on the part of Vladimir Putin in any significant diplomatic initiatives,” he said. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said last week at a NATO public forum.
Mikhail Podolyak, Counsel President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyon Sunday listed Ukraine’s peace terms, including a ceasefire, the withdrawal of Russian troops, the return of kidnapped citizens, and other measures.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shifted to the eastern Donbas in recent months after Putin’s forces failed to take the capital Kyiv in the early days of the war.
Earlier this week, the Russian military won a victory in the Luhansk region and are on the offensive in another area of Donbass, the Donetsk region.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.