The White House is privately asking top Ukrainian officials to show openness to peace talks with Russia, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.In case you think Ukraine is winning the war, the NY Times reports that Kiev may have to evacuate for winter.
Kiev’s public refusal to negotiate with Moscow unless President Vladimir Putin is removed from power in Russia must be abandoned, people familiar with the discussions told the paper.
However, the encouragement isn’t aimed at pushing Ukraine to engage in actual peace talks with Moscow to put an end to the fighting, which has been underway since late February, the sources pointed out.
The move is more of a “calculated attempt” to make sure Vladimir Zelensky’s government retains the support of foreign nations in which the public have become increasingly concerned about the prospect of the conflict continuing for years, they explained.
“Ukraine fatigue is a real thing for some of our partners,” an unnamed US official told the WaPo. Kremlin outlines why solo talks with Ukraine are ‘impossible’
Last month, Zelensky signed a decree, which officially made it “impossible” for him to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
The move followed the incorporation of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, into the Russian state as a result of referendums held in those territories.
Russia, which has repeatedly invited Ukrainian authorities to come to the negotiating table in recent months, has blamed Kiev for undermining any potential for a peaceful settlement of the crisis.
“How can we discuss any possible agreements when there’s no willingness to even talk to us from the other side?” Putin said on Monday. “So, we’ll wait. Maybe the necessary conditions will come about.”
Apparently USA support for the war in declining. Zelensky is taking a hard line in order to appease his Western backers. They want perpetual war, but do not want to make it too obvious to the American voters.
All along, the likely outcome has been a negotiated settlement where Russia keeps Crimea and some other land, and Ukraine is neutral.
The voters are expected to punish the Democrats tomorrow, primarily because the Biden administration has ruined the economy with high inflation, high interest rates, recession, supply chain disruptions, wokism, and energy instability. Republicans have not made it an issue, but Biden has also lost two wars, in Afghanistan and Ukraine. Both were not just incompetence; they were massive sellouts of American interests.