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July 29 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Saturday that an African initiative may very well be a foundation for peace in Ukraine however that Ukrainian assaults made it onerous to grasp.

He was talking at a press convention after assembly African leaders in St Petersburg on Friday and listening to their requires Moscow to maneuver forward with their plan.

“There are provisions of this peace initiative which might be being applied,” he mentioned. “However there are issues which might be troublesome or unattainable to implement.”

Reuters reported in June that African mediation within the battle may start with confidence-building measures adopted by a cessation of hostilities settlement accompanied by negotiations between Russia and the West.

Putin mentioned that one of many factors within the initiative was a ceasefire. “However the Ukrainian military is on the offensive, they’re attacking, they’re implementing a large-scale strategic offensive operation… We can’t stop fireplace once we are below assault.”

On the query of beginning peace talks, he mentioned, “We didn’t reject them… To ensure that this course of to start, there must be settlement on either side.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has rejected the thought of a ceasefire now that would depart Russia answerable for almost a fifth of his nation and provides its forces time to regroup after 17 grinding months of struggle. (Reporting by Reuters Modifying by Alistair Bell)

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