US officials are urging Ukraine to negotiate with Russia. But Kyiv is stuck on its current course: negotiations are not an option at the moment.
Ukraine does not want to sit at the negotiating table with Russia. The statements of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, who recently described Ukraine’s military victory as “unlikely”, do not change this. US media reported that various senior US officials are increasingly urging Ukraine to consider negotiations with Russia.
Ukrainian presidential adviser: Russia is losing
“When you take the initiative on the battlefield, it’s kind of weird to get suggestions like this: you’re not going to get everything militarily anyway, you have to negotiate,” said Mykhailo Podoliak, Ukraine’s presidential adviser, in Kiev on Sunday. This means that “a country that has regained its territory must surrender to the losing country”.
According to Podoljak, Moscow has so far “made no direct offer” to Kiev for peace talks. Instead, Russia prefers to communicate them through intermediaries and to achieve a ceasefire.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has so far openly rejected proposals for negotiations unless Russian troops withdraw from all of Ukraine. Kyiv sees possible talks with Moscow as a ploy to buy time and prepare a new offensive.
Ukraine counteroffensive continues
Ukraine launched a counterattack at the end of August. Since then, the Ukrainian army has managed to recapture parts of the country’s south from Russia, including the strategically important regional capital Kherson.
Russia has repeatedly attacked Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in recent days. Power outages occurred repeatedly in many parts of the country.
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