Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the readiness of the Russian side to negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine. He stated this during his appeal regarding the annexation of Ukrainian territories.
«We call on Kyiv. We call on the Kyiv regime to immediately cease fire, all hostilities and return to the negotiating table. We are ready for it. Always», — he said.
At the same time, Putin said that Russia would not discuss «citizens' choice» on the territory of the terrorist «LDNR», as well as the occupied territories of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions.
The Russian dictator called the fake referendums «the free will of the people», and also called on the Ukrainian authorities & #171;treat this with respect».
In addition, Putin once again stated that the Russian Federation will protect «their lands» by all available means.