According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russia is ready to negotiate with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on how “Moscow’s conditions will be met.” Even with regard to the successful counter-offensive, however, foreign observers say that Ukraine should not accede to any Russian proposals.
In an interview with the Moscow Kremlin propaganda program, Peskov stated that Russia is willing and ready to negotiate with the Ukrainian president on how to fulfill Russian ultimatums. It was a reaction to Volodymyr Zelensky’s categorical statement that there will be no negotiations with Moscow until Russia stops shelling Ukrainian cities and killing Ukrainians.
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“Russia’s conditions remain the same. The operation is going on its own, all goals will be achieved,” Putin’s spokesman said. It should be recalled that the Kremlin has recently significantly reduced the use of the terms “denazification” and “demilitarization”, which it previously used very often in connection with the war in Ukraine.
Former Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, however
, that what Peskov expressed is nothing more than Moscow’s attempt to freeze the conflict in Ukraine, because it is not developing favorably for Russia. The Lithuanian diplomat believes that there is no value in negotiating with Russia now. “The Kremlin is hinting at negotiations, which means it has run out of gunpowder and they want to freeze the occupied territories. Under no circumstances should they be allowed to do this,” said Linkevičius, who also hopes for more help from Western partners.
Kremlin hints about negotiations- it means that gunpowder has run out and they want to freeze occupied territories. In no way should they be allowed to breathe. High hopes for increased arms supply especially due to #US Lend- lease.#Ukraine needs to be cleared of #Russia, period.— Linas Linkevicius (@LinkeviciusL) September 5, 2022
“Great hopes are placed on an increase in arms deliveries, especially thanks to the US Lend-Lease program. Ukraine needs to be cleansed of Russia. Period,” emphasized the ex-minister.
The adviser to the head of the presidential office, Mikhail Podoljak, stated at the end of June that a peace treaty with Russia is possible, but only if Ukraine restores its territorial integrity. The head of the negotiating delegation with Russia, David Arachamia, said that Ukraine will resume negotiations with the Russian Federation when it is strengthened by its counteroffensive and when the Russian aggressors return to the positions they were in on February 23.
The success of the ongoing Ukrainian counter-offensive is also confirmed by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), which, based on verified and publicly available information, maps the situation in Ukraine from the very beginning of Russian aggression. According to ISW, the first successes of the counteroffensive are clearly visible in the sectors in the south and east of the country. According to the ISW, Ukrainian forces are advancing in multiple directions in the western part of the Kherson region and have also taken hold in the area beyond the Severskyi Donets River in the Donetsk region.
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“The pace of the counter-offensive is likely to change dramatically from day to day as Ukrainian forces work to deprive the Russians of essential supplies, undermine their command and break down morale,” ISW analysts believe. According to them, however, it is also possible that the occupiers may in some places go on the counter-attack again and recapture the lost positions, especially with the support of heavy artillery fire and airstrikes.
“However, Ukrainian forces have already made enough progress that even Russian military bloggers have begun to comment more realistically on the situation, although they too have so far stuck very firmly to the Kremlin’s false rhetoric,” ISW adds.
In the situation that not everything goes according to the plan of the Russian occupiers, he fully fits in
on the organization of a referendum on the annexation of the Kherson region in the south of Ukraine to the Russian Federation. This was even reported by the official Russian agency TASS with reference to representatives of the Moscow-appointed regional administration in the occupied area. Russian media, citing sources in the Kremlin, had previously pointed out that the announced “referendum” on joining Russia might not be held in the occupied territories on September 11, along with elections in Russian regions, as had been thought.
Бруднодупі заявили, що «беруть паузу» щодо проведення псевдореферендуму на Херсонщині.— Serhii Sternenko ✙ (@sternenko) September 5, 2022
Звісно, це ніяк не пов‘язано із наступом нашої армії.
Але прохання усе ж не відкладати проведення «референдуму», бо на нього ще хочуть завітати ЗСУ. pic.twitter.com/kRXbizUQAs