Peskov instead shifted the blame for Russia's unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine and wanton slaughter of Ukrainian citizens on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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"In this case, we can think when all this can end until we're blue in the face," the official said.
"Zelenskyy knows when all this can end. It can all end tomorrow if he wishes."
Notably, Zelenskyy is not a Russian politician or policymaker, and thus has little to no influence on Russian military policy.
Meanwhile, U.S. political news outlet Politico named Zelenskyy the most influential person in Europe in 2022. At the same time, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was named 2022's biggest loser.