Among Putin’s main demands for the end of the military offensive in Ukraine are the demilitarization and “denazification” of Kiev, the renunciation of Ukraine’s entry into NATO and the recognition of Russia’s sovereignty over the Crimea and Donbas region.| Photo: EFE/EPA/ALEKSEY NIKOLSKYI
Started by Russia more than ten days ago, the military offensive in Ukraine should only be stopped – if it depends on the Kremlin – if Kiev complies with a series of demands that have been imposed by President Vladimir Putin. The Russian president has already said he is willing to achieve all of the Kremlin’s goals whether through “negotiation or war”.
Among Putin’s main demands for the end of the military offensive in Ukraine are the demilitarization and “denazification” of Kiev, the renunciation of Ukraine’s entry into NATO and the recognition of the Russian sovereignty over the Crimea and Donbas region.
“It was underlined that the suspension of the special operation is only possible if Kiev stops military operations and complies with the well-known Russian demands,” Putin said in a phone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday (6). The Russian president was adamant and stated that the war against Ukraine should only end when the government of Volodymyr Zelensky surrenders.
“We hope that during the next planned round of negotiations, representatives of Ukraine will show a more constructive approach, taking full account of emerging realities,” the Kremlin said in a statement. about the conversation between the two presidents. Russia further warned of the “futility of any attempt to prolong the negotiation process, which is being used by the Ukrainian security forces to regroup their forces and resources.”
In a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, also this Sunday, Putin was adamant and said he had no intention of renounce the objectives imposed on Kiev.
1) Demilitarization and “denazification” of Ukraine
)One of the stated goals of the Kremlin since the beginning of the offensive is to demilitarize the neighboring country, so that Russia has “guarantees that there will be no threats from Ukraine”. For Putin, this would necessarily imply canceling the Ukrainian Armed Forces, especially their air power. According to Russian demands, Ukraine could no longer receive weapons from its western allies.
Putin demands, in addition, what he has called the “denazification” of Ukraine, in reference to neo-Nazi militias that have risen in the country since 2014. The statement has been widely criticized by interlocutors, given the fact that Zelensky, who runs the country, is Jewish.
“I have taken the decision to carry out a special military operation. Its objective will be to defend the people who have suffered persecution and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years. For this, we will aim at demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine,” the Russian president said in a televised speech.
Zelensky, in turn, countered accusations that his government is Nazi. “Tell you that we are Nazis. But can a people who gave more than eight million lives for the victory over Nazism support the Nazis? How can I be a Nazi? Explain this to my grandfather, who went through the entire war in the infantry of the Soviet army and died as a colonel in independent Ukraine,” he said, also in a televised speech.
2) Ukraine outside NATO