Putin tells Ukraine to stop fighting in a ceasefire call

According to a statement by Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the invasion of Ukraine would only stop if Ukrainian troops “stopped hostilities and met Russia’s well-known requirements.”

The Kremlin said in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “it was confirmed that the Russian side is ready to talk with Ukrainian authorities and foreign partners to resolve the dispute,” according to state media. Stated.

Putin, in a phone call with the other party, claimed that Kiev was stagnating the negotiation process between the two molds, saying, “Kyiv has stopped hostilities and is well known for Russia, such as’demilitarization’. Special operations can only be stopped if the requirements are met. ” According to the Kremlin statement, of Ukraine.

Putin’s comments came after Prime Minister Erdogan called on Russian leaders to carry out an “emergency general ceasefire” to address rising “humanitarian concerns in the region.”

“We were ready to make all sorts of contributions to the Ukrainian problem, which will be resolved as soon as possible by peaceful means,” Erdogan said in a statement from his office.

Mariupol’s authorities make a second attempt to evacuate some of the 400,000 inhabitants on Sunday after the Ukrainian coastal cities have endured the days of bombardment that trapped people without heat, electricity and water. Said. However, the ceasefire plan collapsed as it did on Saturday, and both sides were responsible for the failure.

Damaged Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
Damaged administration building of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on March 4, 2022 in Enerhodar, Zaporizhia region, Ukraine. (Distribution via press service / Reuters of national nuclear power company Energoatom)

Kyiv has renewed its appeal to the West to strengthen sanctions beyond existing efforts that have hit the Russian economy. He also demanded more weapons, including the plea of ​​Russian-made planes, to repel Russian troops.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) wrote on Sunday that evacuation attempts in certain Ukrainian regions, including Marie Paule, failed.

ICRC Said On Twitter: “People live in horror in Mariupol and crave for safety. Today’s attempt to initiate the evacuation of an estimated 200,000 people has failed. The failed attempt is between the parties to the conflict. It emphasizes the lack of detailed and functional agreement. “

“People in Mariupol and elsewhere in Ukraine live in desperate situations,” continued the ICRC. “They must always be protected. They are not targets. People urgently need water, food and shelter. The basics of life. To help them, guarantee safety is needed.”

Also on Sunday, UN refugee agencies confirmed that at least 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have recently traveled to neighboring countries since the war began on February 24.

Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a Twitter post that it was “the most rapidly expanding refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Jack Phillips is the latest news reporter for The Epoch Times, based in New York.