Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an interview with state tv on Sunday that Moscow desires to barter, whilst Ukrainian cities had been hit with a barrage of missiles over the Christmas weekend.
“We’re prepared to barter with everybody concerned about acceptable options, however that’s as much as them – we aren’t those refusing to barter, they’re,” Putin stated.
The declare was rebuffed by Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who stated that “Putin wants to come back again to actuality.”
“Russia single-handedly attacked Ukraine and is killing residents. There aren’t any different ‘international locations, motives, geopolitics,'” Podolyak tweeted. “Russia doesn’t need negotiations, however tries to keep away from duty.”
Kherson, which was taken over by Russia within the early days of the invasion however was liberated by Ukrainian forces final month, was bombarded on Christmas Eve, leaving a minimum of 10 individuals lifeless and dozens of others injured.
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Different Ukrainian cities have additionally been hit with shelling in latest months, in addition to the nation’s power infrastructure.
Zelenskyy, who addressed the U.S. Congress in a go to to Washington, D.C., this week, urged Ukrainians to concentrate to air alarms within the coming days.
“There are only some days left this 12 months. We should be conscious that our enemy will attempt to make this time darkish and troublesome for us,” Zelenskyy stated on Christmas day. “Russia misplaced every part it might this 12 months. However it’s making an attempt to compensate for its losses with the gloating of its propagandists after the missile strikes at our nation, at our power sector.”
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Each chambers of Congress accredited a $45 billion assist bundle for Ukraine after Zelenskyy’s go to, sending the invoice to President Biden’s desk.
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Putin, in the meantime, accused the West on Sunday of making an attempt to dismantle Russia.
“Really, the elemental factor right here is the coverage of our geopolitical opponents which is geared toward pulling aside Russia, historic Russia,” Putin stated.
Reuters contributed to this report.