AMMAN, JORDAN, FEB. 11 -- Soviet envoy Yevgeny Primakov arrived in Baghdad today to meet with President Saddam Hussein and press anew for an end to the Persian Gulf War, as Iraq sent mixed signals on whether it would agree to a cease-fire.

Baghdad radio said that "Iraq has not asked for a cease-fire . . . and will never accept a cease-fire except after achieving total victory."

But Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saadoun Hammadi, who arrived in Tunis today, told reporters that "if any party, or the aggressor, asked for an unconditional end to hostilities, we would study it and would quickly say whether we would accept or not." The allies have conditioned any truce on Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait.

Even as Primakov arrived in the Iraqi capital, Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Vitaly Churkin held out little hope for progress toward peace. "I would not want to raise expectations at all," he said. The Iraqis "have given us no hints at all of their willingness to change their rather rigid position."

Primakov reportedly is seeking to persuade Saddam that the only way to spare his country more destruction and hardship would be to withdraw his forces from Kuwait immediately. Soviet officials said Moscow, once Iraq's main arms supplier and bound to it by a 1972 friendship and cooperation treaty, would explore giving Saddam guarantees that his country would not suffer retribution if it were to withdraw.

"Primakov is not taking any specific program, or a definite initiative to Baghdad," said Alexander Dzasokhov, chairman of the Soviet legislature's international affairs committee. "However, the Soviet side's desire to discuss with Saddam Hussein questions linked with the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait offers a chance to explore other areas. These include guarantees that Iraq will not be punished if its troops withdraw from Kuwait."

Primakov, who was rebuffed by Saddam during a previous peace mission to Baghdad before the start of the war, arrived in Baghdad after an overland trip via Iran. In Tehran, he said that Moscow was hoping to work in concert with Iran in achieving peace, Iran's official news agency reported.

"We want our diplomatic efforts to be in line and in coordination with the Iranian efforts," Primakov was quoted as saying. Part of the Iranian initiative was insistence on a complete Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait.

Hammadi on Sunday signaled Iraq's rejection of a peace initiative put forth by Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, declaring that "the current issue is not the issue of Kuwait but that of the . . . aggression to destroy Iraq."

In another signal that it was preparing for a drawn-out confrontation with allied forces, Iraq today ordered all 17-year-old males to sign up for military service or face legal action.

Journalists who recently visited Baghdad have reported that young men reluctant to fight are trying to evade the draft by staying in villages outside the capital.

Iraq's newspapers said today that the long-awaited ground battle was near and vowed to avenge continued allied air strikes on Iraq's territory and residential areas. "The day of the land and sea battle has neared, and the rubbish of the earth {the allied forces}, their forts and fleets will not escape punishment," said Al Jumhuriya. "The revenge prepared by Iraq will make the enemies swim in their rotten blood," the newspaper said in an editorial.

In Baghdad today, allied bombing included destruction of the Martyrs Bridge, which had been partially damaged in an earlier raid. Over the weekend, two bombs destroyed the July 14th Bridge, which abuts a large government compound that includes the presidential palace. Three of the six bridges over the Tigris River that link the two halves of Baghdad have now been destroyed.

"Baghdad residents say they are bewildered by such bombing, and officials are declaring that such targets are civilian installations and not included under the United Nations mandate authorizing war to drive Iraq out of Kuwait," Cable News Network correspondent Peter Arnett reported from Baghdad, in a dispatch cleared by Iraqi censors.

"Baghdad residents are concerned that the allied intention is to cut all the bridge links between both parts of Baghdad," Arnett added.

The Associated Press reported that intensive allied air strikes also have continued against the southern port city of Basra.

"One reason for the heavy assault . . . is that large amounts of army transport and equipment has been moving through the city," a correspondent for Britain's Independent Television News reported. "Most people have now left Basra," which would be virtually cut off if one remaining bridge was cut, he added.

Yesterday, civil defense officials in Basra showed reporters houses, schools and neighborhoods damaged from the bombing raids and said the scale of destruction was greater than at any time during the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war, the Associated Press reported.

The British Broadcasting Corp., reporting on overnight bombing in and around Baghdad, said that "in the city center, the sound was deafening. Nearby buildings shook with the impact of a missile strike on a government ministry," a BBC correspondent said.