Kremlin stays defiant in Ukraine conflict, pursues diplomacy in Africa and Bahrain

Peskov’s comments come as Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, launched in February 2022, grinds on with heavy fighting and bombardments persisting, particularly in the eastern Donbas region.

The Kremlin struck a defiant tone regarding Russia’s ongoing military campaign in Ukraine, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov asserting that no amount of Western arms supplies can alter the course of what Moscow terms its “special military operation.”

Peskov’s comments come as Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, launched in February 2022, grinds on with heavy fighting and bombardments persisting, particularly in the eastern Donbas region. Kyiv has repeatedly urged its Western partners to provide more heavy weaponry to aid Ukraine’s defensive efforts.

On the diplomatic front, the Kremlin spokesman said Moscow is interested in developing mutually beneficial relations with all African countries including Chad, where a new president is set to take office. Russia has sought to expand its influence across Africa in recent years through military cooperation, trade, and political outreach.

Turning to the sensitive issue of prisoner exchanges between Russia and Ukraine, Peskov stressed the need for discretion, stating that the contacts on the issue of prisoner exchange should be carried out in complete silence. Prisoner swaps between the two warring sides have occurred intermittently throughout the conflict.

Looking ahead, Peskov revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks on Thursday with the King of Bahrain. The meetings will take place in two phases – an initial discussion in a small group followed by formal talks with their respective delegations over breakfast.

The Kremlin’s rhetoric and diplomatic engagements underscore Russia’s unwavering stance on the Ukraine conflict despite mounting international pressure and sanctions. As the war drags on, both sides have dug in, with little apparent diplomatic progress toward resolving what has become Europe’s most significant armed conflict since World War II.