The Russian presidency on Saturday announced the resumption of military operations that had been suspended on Friday to make way for talks in Ukraine.
“President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered a temporary halt to the Russian military offensive pending possible talks with Kiev,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement.
And Peskov said that “Ukraine refused to negotiate. So the offensive resumed and the Russian army continued to advance into the afternoon”.
At dawn on Thursday, Putin, in a televised statement, announced the launch of a military operation in the Donbass in eastern Ukraine.
Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine sparked international outrage as the European Union imposed sanctions on high-ranking Russian officials, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
*Translated from Arabic by Malek Jomani
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