Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Kremlin assessed the idea of creating a demilitarized state in Ukraine…

Moscow is ready to consider the idea of transforming Ukraine into a demilitarized state with its own army following the example of Sweden or Austria, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The head of the Russian delegation to the negotiations, Vladimir Medinskiy, said that Kiev had put forward such a proposal.

“This is an option that is really being discussed now and which can be seen as a real compromise,” Peskov said.

He did not comment on a question from a journalist about whether what Russia is now doing in Ukraine could be called the Great Patriotic War special operation to protect the republics of the struggling Donbass and to save Russia.

“I am not aware of this being discussed in the Kremlin,” the spokesman said, suggesting that the question be left for political scientists and historians.

Russia launched a special military operation on Feb. 24 to demilitarize Ukraine. Vladimir Putin called its goal “to protect people who have been subjected to abuse, genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” According to a statement by the Defense Ministry, the armed forces are striking only military infrastructure and troops. Units of the DNR and LNR are developing an offensive with the support of the Russian army.