Moscow will not put on pause its military action against Ukraine while conducting peace talks with Kyiv, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
“You see, a pause in the operation, any pause, is used by the nationalist units to regroup, used to continue attacks against the Russian military,” the official explained. He claimed Russian troops in Ukraine have experienced this before “on multiple occasions.” Russian troops won’t give ‘nationalists’ time to regroup, Moscow has revealed.
During the almost month-long attack on Ukraine, Russia declared a ceasefire on several occasions, stating that a pause in frontline fighting would allow civilians to evacuate affected areas and for humanitarian aid to be brought into Ukrainian cities caught up in the hostilities, RT reported.
Moscow and Kyiv repeatedly blamed each other for alleged breaches of ceasefire agreements in various parts of the country. Russia said it believed the Ukrainian government not to be in full control of its units, which count radical nationalists in their ranks.
These forces, according to Moscow, are determined to fight to the end and do not hesitate to hold civilians as human shields and to otherwise undermine efforts to prevent casualties.