Russia’s Deputy Representative to the UN called a ceasefire in Ukraine impossible
Russian Deputy Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky believes that if a ceasefire is introduced, the Ukrainian armed forces may be able to recover and “arrange more provocations”
Russia does not consider it possible to introduce a ceasefire regime during the special operation in Ukraine at the present time. Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, told reporters about this. an opportunity for the Ukrainian armed forces to regroup and arrange more provocations, — said Polyansky.
Answering a question about the possibility of an “Easter truce”, which was previously requested by UN Secretary General António Guterres, the Deputy Representative noted: “He asked for an Easter truce, Easter is over.”
Polyansky said that Russia opened humanitarian corridors to get people out of the zones of the special operation, but Ukraine did not use them. “I don’t see any reason for this [ceasefire] right now. <…> There was a call for a ceasefire, we opened humanitarian corridors, Ukraine did not use them. Ukraine is also undermining our efforts to open humanitarian corridors,»,— he added.
Guterres called on April 19 Russia and Ukraine for a humanitarian truce from April 21 for four days in connection with the celebration of Orthodox Easter. According to Guterres, the pause would open “a safe passage for all civilians wishing to leave areas of current and potential confrontation, in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross.” Pope Francis addressed the two countries with the same request. He noted that the truce should not be used for rearmament and further resumption of hostilities, but to establish peace through real negotiations.
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Earlier, the representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarric reported that Guterres was going to meet with Vladimir Putin in Moscow and Vladimir Zelensky in Kyiv. Before meeting with Putin, the secretary general expects to hold talks in Ankara with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting between Guterres and Erdogan is scheduled for April 25, the meeting with Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov— on April 26, with Zelensky and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba— April 28.
The Ukrainian authorities recognize the work of humanitarian corridors, but say that it is not possible to evacuate people everywhere. Also in Kyiv, they object to the fact that humanitarian corridors are opened for evacuation to the territory of Russia, and not to the Ukrainian regions. Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk opposed the evacuation of citizens to Russia, which, according to her, is “an unacceptable option.” She noted that Ukrainians would not go to Russia, they would like to go to the west of the country or to the European Union.
The Russian military, when opening humanitarian corridors, announces a complete ceasefire to ensure the safe exit of civilians. The Ukrainian military can use such corridors only after surrendering and laying down their arms.
Vladimir Zelensky calls a ceasefire and a halt to hostilities the main demands of Kyiv in the settlement talks. “There is a question of NATO, let's talk. There is the issue of Crimea, we understand that when there are no shots, let's move on and talk about it. <…> We will talk and we must decide. But after there are no shots and the equipment is withdrawn,— Zelensky said on April 16.
Russia is conducting an operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine since February 24. As stated in the Ministry of Defense, the targets of the strikes of the Russian forces are only military facilities and aviation of Ukraine, and nothing threatens the civilian population. Ukraine, in response to the special operation, declared martial law and general mobilization, and also severed diplomatic relations with Russia.