The Ukrainian President has said that he has no interest in negotiating for peace with the current Russian leader after nine months of war.
Volodymyr Zelensky said this would be ultimately destructive as this could result in a civil war in Ukraine after everything the country has gone through.
President Zelesnky said in an interview with Czech television that he believes some countries are trying to pressure him into a compromise with Vladimir Putin, but he will not be pushed.
Zelensky told Czech television, “I will not put myself under pressure, we have seen something like this before.”
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Andreas Umland, of the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies, told German outlet RND that, “A large part of the population has suffered so much from the war that it is not willing to make concessions to Russia,” to end the war on Putin’s unconditional terms.
Umland said that the timing of the Kremlin’s demands for peace talks has come at an uncanny time, considering that Ukraine has taken back about half the territory from Putin’s military.
Alexander Dubowy, an expert in eastern Europe and Russia said, “Russia’s offers of negotiations are Putin’s attempt to get out of the war in Ukraine as advantageously as possible.”
Dubowy added, “Basically, Russia wants to force a dictatorial peace in which Ukraine accepts all Russian demands as well as agreeing to the cession of the territories quasi-annexed by Russia.”
On Thursday both Belarus and the Kremlin have warned for Kyiv to “stop fighting” if they “don’t want a huge number of people to die” or “further destruction of Ukraine.”
The Kremlin has issued a statement on Thursday saying that Kyiv government “has every opportunity” to “end the suffering” in Ukraine if they meet all their demands in a clear sign that Moscow are “very afraid” the counteroffensive will now hit Crimea, which could finish Putin politically.
Kyiv could “end the suffering” for millions of their population by meeting the Kremlin’s demands which will resolve the conflict and “bring the situation back to normal.”
The Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, “The leadership of Ukraine has every opportunity to bring the situation back to normal, has every opportunity to resolve the situation in such a way as to fulfil the requirements of the Russian side and, accordingly, end all possible suffering among the population.”
The Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has warned Kyiv that “a huge number of people” could “die” and that “Everything is in Ukraine’s hands now.”
The Belarusian dictator urged President Volodymyr Zelensky to “stop” otherwise” Ukraine will be “destroyed completely.”
Lukashenko who is a close ally of Vladimir Putin told reporters on Thursday afternoon, “Everything is in Ukraine’s hands now if they don’t want a huge number of people to die.
“It’s hard, it’s complicated, it’s difficult, but if they want it they have to stop… further will be the destruction of Ukraine.”
This comes as Moscow are “very worried” that Ukraine has the tactical advantage and they “have momentum” as they are now eyeing Crimea.
Mick Ryan, a former Australian Major General and military strategist, said, “The armed forces of Ukraine seized the initiative in this war some time ago.
“They have momentum. There is no way that they will want to waste that.”