Zelensky Says Ukraine is Being Pushed to Make Concessions to Russia
Ukrainian president visited the front lines on Monday
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday told reporters that he is starting to feel pressure from the West to negotiate for peace with Russia from a current position of weakness.
Ukrayinska Pravda reported that Zelensky told reporters: “I do not have any negotiations on any plans (on the peace plan, which is being discussed by the United States, the European Union and Britain - ed.); such negotiations are currently at zero.
Everyone really wants to push us little by little towards some result that is definitely undesirable for us, because we have not been asked yet, but beneficial for other parties that have their own interests. Again, different: both financial and political.
Fatigue is growing, people want some kind of result for themselves, and you and I need a result - for us.
Thus, I did not discuss with them the structures for resolving the issue of this war with a positive result for us.”
Zelensky did not specify exactly what parties are beginning to grow impatient with the war but some high-profile people have recently said that Ukraine should consider some kind of concessions to achieve peace.
Zelensky and his closest advisers have been adamant that they will not cede one inch of the country to Russia, despite Russian forces and separatists now controlling about 20 percent of the country.
Zelensky has said earlier that Russian troops must leave the country before there can be any talk of a negotiate peace, which many see as an unfeasible position.
Last week, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, called Zelensky's demand idiotic “and unfeasible in principle,” Newsweek reported.
“Anticipating his inevitable defeat, Ukrainian President Zelensky found a convenient way out of the impasse,” Medvedev said. “No country, no problem. His actions and statements prove that now he is ready to put almost everything on the altar of his political ambitions.”
The Ukrainian president visited the Donbas region on Monday. He greeted his forces in Lysychansk, one of the last cities in Luhansk that Ukrainians fully control, The Wall Street Journal reported. The city is near Severodonetsk, the center of the fight for control of the Donbas area, the report said.
“Our heroes hold their positions in Severodonetsk. Fierce street fights continue in the city,” he said.
TRENDPOST: The Western media’s reporting on the Russian invasion has been one-sided with no nuance. Russia bad, Ukrainians hero.
The Trends Journal has been completely opposed to the war, but it was not “unprovoked.” Totally ignored, as we have greatly detailed over the decades, is the United States and NATO actions that were, to Russia, moves of aggression.
Long forgotten was the U.S. and NATO’S pledge not to expand into Eastern Europe following the deal made during the 1990 negotiations between the West and the Soviet Union over German unification.
Therefore, in the view of Russia, it is taking self-defense actions to protect itself from NATO’s eastward march.
As detailed in The Los Angeles Times back in May of 2016, while the U.S. and NATO deny that no such agreement was struck, “...hundreds of memos, meeting minutes and transcripts from U.S. archives indicate otherwise.”
The article states:
“According to transcripts of meetings in Moscow on Feb. 9, then-Secretary of State James Baker suggested that in exchange for cooperation with Germany, the U.S. could make ‘iron-clad guarantees’ that NATO would not expand ‘one inch eastward.’ Less than a week later, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to begin reunification talks.
“No formal deal was struck, but from all the evidence, the quid pro quo was clear: Gorbachev acceded to Germany’s western alignment and the U.S. would limit NATO’s expansion.”