Headline RoundupDecember 29th, 2022

What are Ukraine and Russia's Conditions For Peace Talks?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began in February, wages on. In recent days, both sides of the conflict have addressed the possibility of peace talks aimed at ending the war, but hard-line conditions from both sides place the prospect of negotiations out of reach.

Russian Conditions: Russia’s largest condition for a ceasefire is Kyiv recognizing the Russian claim of four eastern regions of Ukraine– Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk– which Moscow formally annexed in September despite not fully controlling the regions. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told TASS, a Russian state-owned media outlet, that Ukraine must surrender and submit to “denazification and demilitarization.”

Ukrainian Conditions: The Ukrainian government is calling for a full withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine, international punishment for the Russian Federation, security guarantees, and the restoration of Ukraine’s borders, including the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia has occupied since 2014. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told the Associated Press (Lean Left Bias) that Kyiv wants the United Nations to host a peace summit in the next few months.

Odds of Peace: Across the spectrum, analysts and experts are not optimistic about peace negotiations taking place in the near future. Regarding Ukraine’s proposed UN-summit, Ukraine demands Russia face a war-crimes tribunal before talks take place, which experts do not expect Moscow to agree to. The Washington Times quoted one analyst suggesting Ukraine refrain from peace talks and press on with its counteroffensive to gain more negotiation leverage at a later date. 

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