The adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Alexey Arestovich, called the conditions that Russia put up to Kyiv for negotiations an “attempt to force” Ukraine to surrender.

“I have just learned that Ukraine has refused to negotiate. Because the conditions that the Russian side has altered through intermediaries do not satisfy us. It was an attempt to force us to surrender,” Arestovich said, adding that the Ukrainian authorities are ready to negotiate only on their own terms.

Another adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Mikhail Podolyak, said that Kyiv did not refuse to negotiate. “But it is from negotiations, which, by the way, have not happened yet. Ukraine and President Zelenskiy categorically refuses any unacceptable conditions or ultimatum demands of the Russian side,” Podolyak explained his words.

Podolyak said that Moscow “put forward ultimatum demands,” after which the discussion of the negotiations was suspended. He also said that the night before “maximum escalation was undertaken”, and there was no suspension of hostilities. “Your leadership was told that tanks will be greeted with flowers. This is not happening,” he added.

Earlier, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Putin had given an order the day before to suspend the advance of Russian troops because of Kyiv’s proposal to start a dialogue, but the Ukrainian side “essentially refused to negotiate,” after which the military operation resumed.