He added that this will happen when the Russian military achieves its military goals, or when Moscow and Kyiv reach an agreement through negotiations. The prospect of peace will largely depend on Ukraine’s “consistent” stance and willingness to agree to terms offered by Russia.
Also in an interview with Sky News, Mr. Peskov acknowledged that Russia “had a significant loss of soldiers … and that is a great tragedy for us”.
Ukrainian soldiers in Bucha, Kyiv region
However, he did not publish new figures on Russian casualties.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said on March 25 that 1,351 soldiers were killed and 3,825 wounded, since the military operation began in Ukraine.
By March 27, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz suggested that at least 10,000 Russian soldiers may have been killed in Ukraine, according to Reuters.
Peskov stressed that those who committed crimes against civilians in Donbass should be brought to justice.
Asked about the allegations of mass killing of civilians in a town near Kyiv, Mr. Peskov said the claims were “blatant sham”.
He said Russia “denies the accusations that the Russian military was involved in these atrocities and the corpses on the streets of (town) Bucha”.
Peskov said Russia wanted “a truly independent and objective investigation” into the matter.
According to Peskov, one of the goals of the Russian operation is to prevent a larger conflict.
According to Peskov, if Ukraine joins NATO and then tries to retake Crimea by force, NATO members with nuclear weapons will have to defend Ukraine, leading to a global conflict. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and on February 21, 2022 recognized the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and the “Luhansk People’s Republic”, in the Donbass region, as independent republics.
Peskov’s interview immediately drew criticism from British officials. British MP Tom Tugendhat, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, called Mr Peskov’s comments “incredible lies”.