But Michael Coffman, director of Russian studies at the Virginia-based defense research agency CNA, suggested that a complete Ukrainian withdrawal from Kyiv would allow the Ukrainians to strengthen the Donbas region and achieve a major victory. in a tweet.
The Russian-Ukrainian War: Key Developments
Ongoing peace talks. period pEuropean summit between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul, Russia promised to “reduce military activity” near Kyiv, and Ukraine said it was ready to declare permanent neutrality. Even so, it may take weeks of further talks to reach a deal, and Russia appears determined to take more territory in eastern Ukraine.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken also expressed doubts about Russia’s commitment to reducing hostilities while traveling in Morocco. “What Russia says, what Russia does,” he said on Tuesday. “We are focused on the latter. What Russia is doing is the ongoing brutality against Ukraine and its people, and it continues as we speak.”
Ian Bond, a former British diplomat in Russia and head of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, said Russia did not stop fighting after it annexed Crimea in 2014, but actively supported separatists in Donbass. “I’m skeptical that the Russians give up on the war,” he said. “We’ve seen this movie before in 2014 and 2015. I think it’s just a pause.”
Russian propaganda historian Ian Garner pointed out on twitter Quoting Transnistria in Moldova, Abkhazia and Donbass in Georgia, all areas of other countries where Russian troops support separatist movements, “Putin’s Russia — in fact, post-Soviet Russia — has always been Engage in dirty, endless conflict”. “Maybe not over,” he said, but “at half-time.”
Ukraine’s top negotiator, Mikhailo Podoljak, said after talks on Tuesday that the two sides were seriously discussing Ukraine’s neutrality, a measure guaranteed by NATO members such as the United States, Britain, Turkey, France and Germany. security treaty. – Fire and humanitarian corridors.
Ukrainian and Western officials have also said Russia is willing to let a demilitarized Ukraine join the European Union as long as it renounces NATO membership or admits any foreign troops.