Putin’s ceasefire cannot be trusted, says Zelensky

Vladimir Putin speaks to Russian foreign ministry officials in Moscow
Vladimir Putin speaks to Russian foreign ministry officials in Moscow - Maxim Shemetov

Vladimir Putin’s ceasefire offer cannot be trusted, Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, has said.

The Russian president said in a speech earlier on Friday that Russia would end the war in Ukraine if Kyiv agreed to drop its Nato ambitions and hand over the entirety of four provinces claimed by Moscow.

Mr Zelensky dismissed the offer as rubbish, saying he believed Putin would not stop his military offensive even if his ceasefire demands were met.

“These are ultimatum messages that are no different from messages from the past,” the Ukrainian leader told Italy’s SkyTG24 news channel.

“He will not stop,” Mr Zelensky said, likening Putin’s invasion of Ukraine to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s expansionist drive before the outbreak of World War II.

”It is the same thing that Hitler used to do (...) This is why we should not trust these messages,” Mr Zelensky said.

Putin gave his speech on the eve of a conference in Switzerland to which Russia has not been invited.

In it he set out maximalist conditions wholly at odds with the terms demanded by Ukraine, apparently reflecting Moscow’s growing confidence that its forces have the upper hand in the war.

“The conditions are very simple,” Putin said, listing them as the full withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the entire territory of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Russia claimed the four regions, which its forces control only partially, as part of its own territory in 2022, an act rejected by most countries at the United Nations as illegal.

Moscow also seized and annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014.

“As soon as they declare in Kyiv that they are ready for such a decision and begin a real withdrawal of troops from these regions, and also officially announce the abandonment of their plans to join Nato - on our side, immediately, literally at the same minute, an order will follow to cease fire and begin negotiations,” Putin said.

“I repeat, we will do this immediately. Naturally, we will simultaneously guarantee the unhindered and safe withdrawal of Ukrainian units and formations.”

After almost a year of stalemate, Ukraine has been forced to abandon dozens of front-line settlements this spring, with Russian troops holding a significant advantage in manpower and resources.


03:53 PM BST

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Here’s a rundown of the day’s top stories:

  • Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court are investigating alleged Russian cyberattacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure as possible war crimes, four sources familiar with the case have told Reuters.

  • Moscow has said it downed 87 Ukrainian missiles overnight in an attack by Kyiv targeting Russia’s military headquarters.

  • The peace terms offered by Putin are “a complete sham” and “offensive to common sense”, an adviser to President Zelensky has said in response.

  • The ceasefire offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin is an ultimatum which cannot be trusted, Mr Zelensky added.

  • Nato will assume a greater role in the co-ordination of arms supplies to Ukraine, the alliance said on Friday.

  • Ukraine has said Russia forces are concentrating firepower on the Pokrovsk front in the eastern Donetsk region, where overnight strikes wounded at least six people.


03:29 PM BST

Pictured: World leaders pose for a photo at the G7 summit in Italy

The G7 draws together the leaders of the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and Japan.

In addition, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, the summit host, invited 10 other nations to join the talks on Friday, including the president of Ukraine, the prime minister of India and presidents of Turkey and Kenya.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ABACA/Shutterstock (14539193b) Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pose on day one of the 50th G7 summit at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Savelletri di Fasano, Italy on June 13, 2024. Photo: (EV) /ABACAPRESS.COM President Zelensky At G7 Summit - Italy, Savelletri di Fasano - 13 Jun 2024
President Zelensky of Ukraine and other world leaders at the G7 summit - ABACA/Shutterstock

03:03 PM BST

ICC probes cyberattacks in Ukraine as possible war crimes, according to Reuters

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court are investigating alleged Russian cyberattacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure as possible war crimes, four sources familiar with the case have told Reuters.

It is the first confirmation that attacks in cyberspace are being investigated by international prosecutors, which could lead to arrest warrants if enough evidence is gathered.

The probe is examining attacks on infrastructure that endangered lives by disrupting power and water supplies, cutting connections to emergency responders or knocking out mobile data services that transmit air raid warnings, one official said.


02:53 PM BST

Ukraine’s Zelensky says Putin’s ceasefire offer cannot be trusted

The ceasefire offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin is an ultimatum which cannot be trusted, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday.

Putin said in a speech earlier in the day that Russia would end the war in Ukraine if Kyiv agreed to drop its Nato ambitions and hand over the entirety of four provinces claimed by Moscow.

Speaking to Italy’s SkyTG24 news channel on the sidelines of a G7 summit, Mr Zelensky said he believed Putin would not stop his military offensive even if his ceasefire demands were met.

“These are ultimatum messages that are no different from messages from the past,” the Ukrainian leader said in remarks translated and aired in Italian via an interpreter.


02:25 PM BST

Putin not in a position to dictate peace, says US defence secretary

Putin is not in a position to be telling Ukraine how to achieve peace, Lloyd Austin, the US defence secretary, has said.

Mr Austin argued that Putin could end the war today if he wanted to and called on the Russian president to withdraw his troops from all Ukrainian territory.

“He is not in any position to dictate to Ukraine what they must do to bring about peace,” Mr Austin told reporters in Brussels.


01:57 PM BST

Nato chief slams Putin’s peace proposals

Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary general, criticised conditions set out by Vladimir Putin for initiating peace talks with Ukraine, calling the demands “more aggression, more occupation”.

“This is not a proposal made in good faith,” Mr Stoltenberg told reporters following a meeting of defence ministers in Brussels.

“This is a proposal that actually means that Russia should achieve their war aims, by expecting that Ukrainians should give up significantly more land than Russia has been able to occupy so far,” he added.


01:54 PM BST

Nato to take greater role in co-ordination of Kyiv aid, says Stoltenberg

Nato will assume a greater role in the co-ordination of arms supplies to Ukraine, the alliance said on Friday.

Jens Stoltenberg, the Nation secretary general, told reporters in Brussels: “These efforts do not make Nato a party to the conflict but they will enhance our support to Ukraine to uphold its right to self-defence.”

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, speaks to reporters following a speech by Vladimir Putin
Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, speaks to reporters following a speech by Vladimir Putin - Alexander Zemlianichenko

01:48 PM BST

Turkey to tell Ukraine summit Moscow should be there

Turkey is set to tell leaders at a Ukrainian peace summit in Switzerland that Russian attendance would yield better results, a Turkish diplomat has said.

Hakan Fidan, the Turkish foreign minister, will join 90 states and organisations at the weekend’s summit, which Russia has not been invited to.

He will reportedly reiterate Turkey’s call for peace talks with both Ukraine and Russia, as the country has maintained relations with both nations.

“[Fidan] will point out that a summit that all sides attend has a higher probability of yielding results,” the source told Reuters.


01:41 PM BST

Russian forces concentrating on Pokrovsk front

Ukraine has said Russia forces are concentrating firepower on the Pokrovsk front in the eastern Donetsk region, where overnight strikes wounded at least six people.

“The Pokrovsk front... is the most intense in terms of enemy attacks,” the Ukrainian military has said in a briefing.

Military medics from the 47th mechanized brigade of Ukrainian Army treat a heavily wounded Ukrainian serviceman in the Pokrovsk area
Military medics from the 47th mechanized brigade of Ukrainian Army treat a heavily wounded Ukrainian serviceman in the Pokrovsk area - GENYA SAVILOV
Military medics treat servicemen in the Pokrovsk area, which has become the target of Russian attacks in recent days
Military medics treat servicemen in the Pokrovsk area, which has become the target of Russian attacks in recent days - GENYA SAVILOV

01:30 PM BST

Watch: Dozens of Russian troops surrender to Ukraine after failed assault


01:29 PM BST

Putin has no real desire to end war, says Zelensky aide

The peace terms offered by Putin are “a complete sham” and “offensive to common sense”, an adviser to President Zelensky has said in response.

Mykhailo Podolyak said Mr Putin’s comments showed “no novelty... no real peace proposals and no desire to end the war”.

He wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “But there is a desire not to pay for this war and to continue it in new formats.

“It’s all a complete sham. Therefore - once again - get rid of illusions and stop taking seriously the ‘proposals of Russia’ that are offensive to common sense.”

Putin’s demands for peace would be a non-starter for the Ukrainian president, who refuses to concede territory to Russia and remains steadfast in his bid to join Nato.


01:07 PM BST

President Zelensky greets Pope Francis at G7 summit

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president, greeted Pope Francis at the ongoing G7 summit in Italy on the event’s second day.

The Ukrainian president said he discussed the upcoming peace summit in Switzerland in a statement on social media.

“We discussed the consequences of Russian aggression against Ukraine, Russian air terror and the difficult situation in the energy sector ... and expectations from the Global Peace Summit,” he said.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy meets Pope Francis in Savelletri, Italy
Volodymyr Zelenskiy meets Pope Francis in Savelletri, Italy - REUTERS

12:41 PM BST

Pictured: Ukraine’s Euros team issue reminder of war

As they prepare to kick off their EURO 2024 campaign, the Ukrainian team issue a reminder of the war in their homeland
As they prepare to kick off their EURO 2024 campaign, the Ukrainian team issue a reminder of the war in their homeland - Ukrainian Association of Football

12:39 PM BST

Loan funded by Russian assets crucial for 2025 budget, Kyiv says

Ukraine’s finance minister has said the £50 billion loan from G7 leaders will allow the country to plan its budget for 2025.

Serhiy Marchenko has said on Ukrainian national television that the Western aid has been vital for Kyiv to balance its books and pour more money into defence.

“The decision opens 2025 for us. Because without this decision 2025 looked absolutely uncovered – not only in terms of military spending, but also social,” he said.


12:31 PM BST

Pictured: Mourners attend funeral of Ukrainian serviceman

A woman hugs the coffin of a Artur Snitkus, a Ukrainian serviceman who died fighting in the Donetsk region
A woman hugs the coffin of a Artur Snitkus, a Ukrainian serviceman who died fighting in the Donetsk region - Cover Images
Women attach a photograph to a graveside cross during the funeral of Ukrainian serviceman
Women attach a photograph to a graveside cross during the funeral of Ukrainian serviceman - Artur Snitkus

12:20 PM BST

G7 will back Ukraine for ‘as long as it takes’

The G7 leaders have committed to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes”, according to a draft statement from the summit where they pledged £50 billion for Kyiv.

“We are standing in solidarity to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom and its reconstruction for as long as it takes,” said the draft document from the Italy talks, seen by AFP.

The G7 leaders at a summit in Puglia, Italy
The G7 leaders at a summit in Puglia, Italy - Steffen Kugler

12:12 PM BST

I never planned to storm Kyiv, says Putin

Adding to his remarks on beginning peace negotiations with Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has said he never had any intention of storming Kyiv when he invaded the country in February 2022.

The Russian president said his army’s advance towards the capital that year was simply aimed at forcing Ukraine into a peace deal.


11:46 AM BST

Peace talks could begin “tomorrow” if Ukraine give up Nato bid, says Putin

Vladimir Putin has said a ceasefire with Ukraine may be on the cards if Kyiv withdraw their forces from occupied territories.

The Russian president set out his preconditions for beginning peace talks and said he would be ready for such conversations to start “tomorrow” if Ukraine withdrew from the Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk regions and gave up plans to join Nato.

If Ukraine agreed to those conditions, he said Russia would cease fire and start negotiations.

Putin said Russia would guarantee the safety of the retreating Ukrainian forces if they were to withdraw.

Ukrainian service members of the 33rd Separate Mechanised Brigade practice firing an anti-tank guided missile weapon system
Ukrainian service members of the 33rd Separate Mechanised Brigade practice firing an anti-tank guided missile weapon system - Reuters

11:39 AM BST

Putin: West must find a way to work with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the West’s current model of global security has collapsed and it needs to find a way to work with Russia.

In a speech to Russia’s foreign ministry, Putin said the West’s global security had reached a point of no return and that a it was time to create a new and more stable system in its place.

“Obviously, we are witnessing the collapse of the Euro-Atlantic security system. Today it simply does not exist, it needs to be essentially created anew,” Putin said.

“All this requires us, together with our partners, with all interested countries, and there are many of them, to work out our own options for ensuring security in Eurasia, proposing them then for wider international discussion.”


11:03 AM BST

Putin vows to punish West’s ‘theft’ of Russian assets

Vladimir Putin has described the West’s seizure of Russian sovereign assets as ‘theft’ and said it would not go unpunished.

Speaking at a meeting with the Russian foreign ministry, Putin said that how the West had treated Moscow showed “anyone” could be next and become the victim of a similar asset freeze.

It comes the day after G7 nations agreed to provide £50 billion in aid loans to Ukraine from frozen Russian assets.


10:53 AM BST

Russia calls US-Ukraine security deal just ‘pieces of paper’

Russia’s foreign ministry dismissed the security deal signed between the US and Ukraine at the G7 summit as “just pieces of paper”.

Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for the ministry, has been quoted by Russian media as saying: “These agreements are about nothing. They do not have legal force.”

Ukraine signed security deals with both the US and Japan on Thursday as the latest in a series of similar agreements Kyiv has struck with its Western allies, including Britain and France.

Ms Zakharova said the deals were aimed mainly at “showing citizens who have remained in Ukraine... that the world community seems to still be with them”.

“In reality, they avoid any legal responsibility for the future of Ukraine,” she said.


10:42 AM BST

Pictured: Putin delivers speech at Russian foreign ministry

Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting with the leadership of the Russian foreign ministry in Moscow
Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting with the leadership of the Russian foreign ministry in Moscow - Maxim Shemetov

10:40 AM BST

Nigel Farage: Putin is a ‘clever political operator’

Vladimir Putin is a “clever political operator”, Nigel Farage has said, adding that he “does not like him as a human being in any way at all”.

The Reform UK leader made the comments after he was asked about previous remarks praising the Russian president on BBC Radio 5 Live.

He said: “How many years has he been in power? He’s gone from prime minister, to president, he’s a clever political operator. He kills journalists, I don’t like him as a human being in any way at all.

“You can recognise the fact that some people are good at what they do even if they have evil intent.”

In 2014, Mr Farage named Putin as the leader he most admired and called his handling of the crisis in Syria “brilliant”.


10:32 AM BST

Kim Jong-un sends Russia five million artillery shells

North Korea has sent at least 10,000 containers to Russia by sea that may contain up to 4.8 million artillery shells, South Korea has said.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Shin Won-sik, the South Korean defence minister, said Putin is expected to seek closer security co-operation with Kim Jong-un, especially in terms of military supplies, to gain an upper hand in the war.

According to South Korea media, Putin will visit Pyongyang as early as next week for his first trip to North Korea since July 2000.

Reports of the possible impending visit have raised alarms in the West, with an emergency phone call between Kurt Campbell, the US deputy secretary of state, and Kim Hong-kyun, South Korea’s vice foreign minister, having taken place.


10:00 AM BST

Pictured: Defence Secretary attends second day of Nato meeting

Grant Shapps speaks with the Polish deputy prime minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz at a Nato defence ministers meeting in Brussels
Grant Shapps speaks with the Polish deputy prime minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz at a Nato defence ministers meeting in Brussels - OLIVIER HOSLET
Lloyd Austin (left), the US defence secretary, speaks with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the meeting
Lloyd Austin (left), the US defence secretary, speaks with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Brussels meeting - Virginia Mayo

09:56 AM BST

Russian strikes kill one and injure 20 over past day

Russian strikes on Ukraine over the past day have killed one and injured 20, according to regional authorities.

Moscow have targeted a total of 10 Ukrainian oblasts, including Kherson, Kharkiv, and Donetsk, with casualties reported in five of the regions.

In the Donetsk region, a Russian aerial bomb on the residential town of Selydove injured six and damaged 10 high-rise buildings, according to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

In Dnipropetrovsk, another six people, including a three-year-old girl, were injured and 91 homes damaged, the region’s governor has said.


09:41 AM BST

MOD: Russia centralises command and control of pro-Russian groups


09:38 AM BST

Putin to deliver speech at Russia’s foreign ministry

Vlamidir Putin will make a speech this morning at Russia’s ministry of foreign affair – the first time he is reported to have appeared at the meeting in three years.

The Russian leader’s speech was due to start at around 9am UK time and comes after the announcement of a £50 billion deal for Ukraine on Thursday.


09:17 AM BST

Imprisoned US journalist to stand trial on espionage charges

Evan Gershkovich, a US citizen and Wall Street Journal reporter, will stand trial on charges of espionage after being imprisoned in Russia for over a year.

Mr Gershkovich will be tried in Yekaterinburg, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has said, after he was arrested in March 2023 while working on a story about the Wagner mercenary group.

He was jailed without charges for over 14 months as Russian authorities repeatedly extended his pre-trial detention and was formally accused of spying for the CIA on June 13.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in jail and no trial date has been set.

The Wall Street Journal dismissed the charges as “false and baseless” in a statement issued on Thursday.

Evan Gershkovich behind a glass wall for defendants as he attends a court hearing in Moscow in April 2024
Evan Gershkovich behind a glass wall for defendants as he attends a court hearing in Moscow in April 2024 - Tatyana Makeyeva

09:03 AM BST

Explosions heard in Kyiv after missile warning

An explosion rang out across the Kyiv region just outside of the Ukrainian capital on Friday morning following an air raid siren and warnings of a possible Russian attack.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, told residents: “Air defence forces are working in Kyiv region. Stay in your shelters! The missile danger continues.”

It is unclear if the explosion means air defences had intercepted the missile.


08:58 AM BST

Russia and Ukraine increase aerial assaults

Both Kyiv and Moscow staged dozens of drone and missile attacks overnight, officials said on Friday, leaving several wounded in Ukraine and a Russia fuel reservoir site damaged.

The two sides have stepped up cross-border aerial assaults in recent weeks, with Kyiv targeting Russian energy facilities and Moscow launching retaliatory barrages.

As Russia claimed to have downed 70 Ukrainian missiles overnight, Kyiv has said 24 out of 31 Russian drones and missiles fired were intercepted.

Six people were wounded in an attack on the front-line Ukrainian town of Selydove in the Donetsk region, its governor said.

Three people were also wounded in a drone attack on the eastern Sumy region and several homes were damaged in neighbouring Kharkiv.

Ukrainian artillerymen rest inside a dugout amid Russia's attack on Ukraine near the front-line town of Vovchansk
Ukrainian artillerymen rest inside a dugout amid Russia's attack on Ukraine near the front-line town of Vovchansk - Reuters

08:50 AM BST

China pushes rival peace plan ahead of Swiss summit

China has been lobbying governments for an alternative plan to peace in Ukraine, according to 10 diplomats who described the country’s absence from the Swiss summit as a “subtle boycott”.

Ninety states and organisations will meet in Lucerne, Switzerland, over the weekend to find a pathway to peace in Kyiv, despite repeated attempts by Russia and China to undermine the meeting.

Beijing has told developing nations the meeting would prolong the war, according to Reuters, and added to Russia’s view of the summit as being futile.

In conversations with other nations, however, China’s foreign ministry maintains it had not overtly criticised the Swiss summit or directly asked countries to abstain.

Russia has not been invited to the Lucerne meeting, but the US and western countries had lobbied for China to attend the talks.


08:26 AM BST

Switzerland prepares for Ukraine summit

Switzerland is deploying up to 4,000 troops in a major security operation for a summit on Ukraine the country is hosting over the weekend.

With dozens of heads of state flying in, Switzerland has increased its security presence and put 6.5 kilometres of fencing, with another 8 kilometres of barbed wire.

Viola Amherd, the Swiss president, said: “An event on this scale requires comprehensive protective measures.”

Around 90 states and organisations have confirmed their attendance at the summit in Lake Lucerne, which is aiming to find a pathway to peace for Ukraine.

Both Russia and China will not be in attendance.

Ukrainian soldiers operate at an artillery position near Vovchansk on June 9
Ukrainian soldiers operate at an artillery position near Vovchansk on June 9 - Getty Images

08:06 AM BST

Olaf Scholz: G7 loan agreement a ‘historic step’ for Ukraine

Olaf Scholz described the G7 agreement loaning £50 billion to Ukraine as a “a very historic step and a historic decision” for the war with Russia and sends a clear message to Putin.

The German chancellor said: “The next step will be just to create the technical conditions for implementation in the shortest possible time.

“The Russian president has a very obvious plan: he wants to push ahead with his war until everyone else gives up supporting Ukraine. This plan has failed today.”

The G7 nations, including the UK, Italy and France, agreed the £50 billion deal to fund Ukraine through profits on frozen Russian assets at a special summit with President Zelensky in Puglia, Italy, on Thursday.

You can read more about the aid deal here.


07:52 AM BST

Half a million Russian troops lost since invasion

Russia has lost over half a million troops in Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion, Kyiv’s armed forces have reported.

The Ukrainian army’s general staff have placed the figure at 524,060, including 1,250 Russian casualties over the past day.

According to the same report, Moscow has also lost nearly 8,000 tanks, 11,000 drones, 28 ships and boats, and one submarine.

Ukrainian servicemen ride in a pickup truck near the front line town of Vovchansk
Ukrainian servicemen ride in a pickup truck near the front line town of Vovchansk - Viacheslav Ratynskyi

07:43 AM BST

Russia claims to have ‘foiled’ Ukrainian drone attack

Moscow has said it downed 87 Ukrainian missiles overnight in an attack by Kyiv targeting Russia’s military headquarters.

The Russian defence ministry said 70 of the missiles were downed over the southern region of Rostov, which houses the headquarters of the country’s military operations.

The other missiles were intercepted over the Kursk, Voronezh, Volgograd and Belgorod regions, all of which apart from Kursk lie on the border with Ukraine. 

“During the night, an attempt by the Kyiv regime to commit a terrorist attack with drones... was foiled,” the defence ministry said.

Vasily Golubev, Rostov’s regional governor, said there were no casualties in the Russian city but the attacks sparked power cuts in several areas.

In Voronezh, a fuel reservoir was slightly damaged by falling debris, according to governor Aleksander Gusev.


07:39 AM BST

Good morning

Welcome to the Telegraph’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine on Friday, June 14.

You can read more of the latest news from Ukraine here and President Zelensky’s involvement in the ongoing G7 summit here.