Ukraine rejects the alleged offer of a short armistice from Russia

On Friday, the Ukrainian side revealed that the Kremlin had offered Kyiv the possibility of reaching an agreement implement a “short truce”. This comes as there are more and more signs from Washington that it is willing to see both sides sit down at the negotiating table for some kind of cease-fire agreement.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that Russian officials had tried to offer, but he failed reject this possibilitywhile the Ukrainian counter-offensive has made recent gains, notably recapturing the city of Kherson and several surrounding villages.

Russia is now looking for a short truce, a respite to restore strength. “Someone might call this the end of the war, but such a hiatus will only exacerbate the situation,” the Ukrainian leader said in a virtual speech to the Halifax International Security Forum.

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Zelensky then reiterated his firm determination not to consider the possibility of talks until the Russian forces were defeated. A real, true, long-term, and sincere peace can only be the result Complete destruction of Russian aggressionZelensky said.

There was no confirmation from the Kremlin that such a specific offer actually took place. However, Russia has recently reiterated that it has always remained open to the possibility of dialogue. During his virtual G20 speech last week, Zelensky released a 10-point plan for a ceasefire, which included the hardline stance that No territorial concessions will be made.

Despite widespread reports that General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was pressing the White House to get Zelensky to negotiate, other influential voices such as Secretary Anthony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said it was “too early.”

General Milley’s position rests on the assessment that completely forcing Russian forces out of the country any time soon remains unrealistic.

The Biden administration emphasized on Friday that only the Zelensky government can say when, if at all, it is ready to negotiate. Meanwhile, the possibility of direct confrontation between NATO and Russia remains as unexpected as ever, especially after last Tuesday’s deadly Polish missile incident.

The Poland incident, which has resulted in widespread accusations that Zelensky sought to coax NATO into war with Russia, demonstrates that the longer the two sides continue in the conflict while rejecting the idea of ​​a negotiated settlement, the greater the chances of an ‘unfortunate accident’. Which led to the scenario of World War III between the nuclear armed superpowers.