MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir V. Putin called on Ukrainian troops to lay down their arms, describing President Volodymyr Zelensky’s government as “a group of drug addicts and neo-Nazis”.
Russian state television aired Mr. Putin’s brief remarks as he delivered a video address to the Security Council. Mr. Putin – apparently trying to assuage the Russian public’s anxiety about a bloody war with a neighboring country – claimed that most of the Russian military’s skirmishes to date have been with “popular groups”. nationalist”, not with the regular Ukrainian army.
“Take power into your own hands,” he said to Ukrainian soldiers. “Looks like it will be easier for us to come to an agreement with you than with this gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis who have become self-sufficient in Kyiv and enslaved all Ukrainians. believe.”
Mr. Putin’s brutal language suggests that he does not seriously plan to involve Mr. Zelensky in peace talks, despite the Kremlin’s offer earlier in the day. In a hastily scheduled call with reporters on Friday night, a Kremlin spokesman said that while Russia proposed talks in Minsk, Belarus, the Ukrainian side had instead requested organize them in Warsaw. After that, he said, Ukrainian officials “paused” in communication and have now been out of contact for “quite a long time.”
During this time, Peskov announced, the Ukrainian military had set up multiple rocket launchers in residential areas in Kyiv and elsewhere.
“We believe this situation is extremely dangerous,” Peskov said, without a doubt.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/world/europe/putin-russia-ukraine-army.html Putin claims Russia was fighting ‘nationalist groups’, not the Ukrainian army