Kremlin announces resumption of military operations in Ukraine

AA/Moscow

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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