Speaking in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator, Putin said both the Ukrainian government forces and the rebels should halt “active offensive operations” in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, where the two sides have engaged in fierce clashes.
He also said government forces should withdraw to a distance from which they cannot hit populated areas with artillery and other “volley fire” weapons.
Russia’s leader urged “full-fledged and objective international control” over cease-fire compliance, a ban on the use of military aviation against civilian areas, an unconditional prisoner exchange, the opening of “humanitarian corridors” for refugees and relief supplies, and the possibility of sending in teams to repair damaged infrastructure.
Putin’s “peace” proposal would prevent Ukrainian forces from taking back any more of the east, while allowing the Russians to rebuild the damaged territories they covet.
If anything, this looks like an attempt to sabotage the current semi-ceasefire, or whatever they’re calling it at this particular split second.