Top Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak called suggestions that his country should engage in peace negotiations with Russia “strange,” dismissing on Sunday any potential talks – a pivot away from the more conciliatory language that his boss, President Volodymyr Zelensky, began adopting this month.
Zelensky, in an October decree, declared that talks with Russia were on. “impossible”As long as Vladimir Putin continues to be the president of Russia, that is. By mid-November, during an appearance at the United Nations climate change alarmism conference COP27, however, Zelensky was urging friendly nations to pressure Russia to engage in negotiations to end the war. According to Putin, Zelensky announced the withdrawal of Russian troops from Kherson. “annexed,” “the beginning of the end of the war.”
Russia first invaded Ukraine in 2014, colonizing the country’s Crimean peninsula. Eight years of war erupted between the countries before Putin declared victory. “special operation” to remove Zelensky in February that escalated Russia’s official participation in the conflict into a full-scale assault on the country far beyond the eastern Donbas region where it had raged for the better part of a decade.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) in remarks published Sunday that calls for talks when his country appeared to be advancing on the battlefield were “a little strange.”
“When you have the initiative on the battlefield, it’s a little strange to receive proposals like: ‘You will not be able to do everything by military means anyway, you need to negotiate,’”Podolyak reportedly claimed that Ukraine would be able to negotiate after Kherson is recovered. “must capitulate to the country that is losing.”
Podolyak accused Russian officials then of refusing to have talks with him government.
“Russia doesn’t want negotiations. Russia is conducting a communication campaign called ‘negotiations’”Podolyak tried to stall the clock for his argument. “In the meantime, [Russia] would train its mobilized forces, find additional weapons…and fortify its positions.”
Zelensky appeared to be more assertive than he previously addressed the public. Monday is officially a holiday here in Ukraine. “Day of Dignity and Freedom.”In 2014, after the death of President Obama, the government declared the holiday. “revolution of dignity”That year, Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Russian president was ousted by Zelensky. Russia still uses Yanukovych’s ouster to argue that Zelensky, who defeated Yanukovych successor Petro Poroshenko to become president in 2019, is not the legitimate head of state of Ukraine.
Zelensky, in his Monday remarks, praised Ukrainians for their participation in the war effort.
“Go to rallies under the occupation despite the gunshots and stun grenades. Preserve the Ukrainian flag and wait to finally meet the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Flood your village to prevent the orcs from entering Kyiv,” he said, recalling Ukrainians doing so throughout the year. “Shoot down a Russian drone with a can. Give seeds to the occupiers so that sunflowers sprout in the place where they perish.”
After Zelensky’s visit to Kherson (a former occupied area in south Ukraine) last week, the tone changed and he stated that Ukraine was ready for a settlement with Russia.
“This is the beginning of the end of the war,” Zelensky said. “We are step by step coming to all the temporarily occupied territories.”
“We are moving on. We are ready for peace, but peace for our entire country,”According to the president’s office, Zelensky was quoted as saying. “This is the territory of our entire state. We respect international law and the sovereignty of every state, and now we are talking about the sovereignty of our state.”
Zelensky didn’t mention negotiations, but these remarks were made after Zelensky addressed COP27 and urged participants to press Russia for negotiation.
“Anyone who is serious about the climate agenda should also be serious about the need to immediately stop Russian aggression, restore our territorial integrity, and force Russia into genuine peace negotiations,”Zelensky was reportedly quoted as saying. “Into such negotiations, which we have repeatedly proposed and to which we always received insane Russian responses with new terrorist attacks, shelling or blackmail.”
Zelensky spent almost his whole presidency complaining about Russian negotiations and Putin in particular. They last met in 2019, at talks organised alongside France, Germany, and France. Zelensky then lamented that the arrangement was unacceptable. “very difficult”It is also inefficient.
“I’m happy … this work was very useful,”After the event, Putin spoke to reporters.
Zelensky, addressing the United Nations General Assembly in September, stated that his country was involved in illegal activities. “88 rounds of talks”To settle the conflict between Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea and February this year. However, none of these efforts had resulted in any tangible results. As a means to help promote peace and reconciliation, he said that this was an effort to achieve the same goal as before. “punishment”Russia and the redress of its victims.
In response to Zelensky’s remarks in Kherson last week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said the Ukrainian conditions for future negotiations were “certainly unacceptable.”
Podolyak did not change his tone after the declaration calling for talks, unlike Zelensky. Podolyak is a public speaker on behalf the Ukrainian government. “impossible.”
“Negotiating with Putin would mean giving up, and we would never give him this gift … The Russian army will leave Ukrainian territory, and then dialogue will come,”Podolyak insisted on this two weeks prior.
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