Kremlin says Russian troops withdrawal from Ukraine before year end impossible

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The possibility of withdrawing Russian troops from Ukraine before the end of the year is “out of the question,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

“This is out of the question,” Peskov said, commenting on the possibility of the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine before the end of the year.

The spokesman added that there could be no progress reached on the conclusion of peace without taking into account the new realities in Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian side needs to take into account these realities that have developed over all this time. Actually, these are the realities that occurred because of that line, because of the policy that the leadership of Ukraine and the Ukrainian regime of today have been pursuing for probably the last 15 or even 20 years. And these realities say that new subjects have appeared in Russia, and they appeared as a result of the referendum that took place there. Without taking into account these new realities, any kind of progress is impossible,” Peskov said.