Vladimir Putin will not negotiate a ceasefire; he demands that Ukraine surrender

Vladimir Putin has no intention of negotiating with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

by Sead Dedovic
Vladimir Putin will not negotiate a ceasefire; he demands that Ukraine surrender
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There's been much talk about a peace agreement between Ukraine and Russia since the beginning of the war, but it appears that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is not ready for any negotiations with Ukrainian authorities. According to experts from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Russian leader has dismissed the possibility of negotiating a ceasefire. 

Putin has clearly stated: "We want Ukraine to surrender." 

The President of Russia wants Ukrainians to demilitarize, which is a key condition for a ceasefire. During a summit in Kazakhstan, the Russian president rejected the option of ceasefire negotiations. ISW predicts that Russia would aim to exploit this situation to strengthen its military and plan for future offensives and attacks on Ukraine.

"Putin has explicitly rejected Russian involvement in any ceasefire negotiations, demanding demilitarization, effectively requiring Ukraine to surrender before any cessation of hostilities," according to ISW sources.

The Russian leader is tired of the proposals put forth by Ukraine. However, since the beginning of the war, the Russian president has not shown openness to compromise. Ultimately, Putin maintains the same stance he has held, but this time he may want to articulate his intentions more clearly. 

Vladimir Putin has no intention of negotiating with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, given all recent events. The question is how this will impact the situation in Ukraine, which grows more chaotic by the day. Citizens of both countries are open to negotiations, but they are not the decision-makers in peace talks. 

Ukrainians are particularly eager to end this war, as the number of casualties increases daily, and there is immense fear that it will escalate further. Additionally, damaged infrastructure and economic crises within the country underscore why war is the last thing Ukrainians want. The Russian leader has not yet openly addressed these concerns, but it is presumed that he will clarify his stance in the coming days.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin© Adam Berry / Getty Images

Putin earlier this June emphasized that the conditions for peace primarily involve Ukrainian troops leaving the territory of four regions of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian government confirming it has no plans to adhere to NATO. However, this would also mean that Ukrainians would have to give up everything and emerge as complete losers in this war. Ukrainians are unwilling to lose any part of their territory, considering it integral to Ukraine. 

On the other hand, Russians have no intention of surrendering this part to Ukrainians, increasing dissatisfaction and conflict. Zelenskyy immediately rejected such a proposal, as did his associates, considering Putin's proposals laughable and illogical. 

The Russian leader is willing to make peace, but under conditions that benefit him, which is not politically correct. However, the question remains whether Putin has ever considered whether his moves are politically correct and logical. 

Vladimir Putin is a person with his ideals and goals, not willing to give them up at any cost. This is also one reason why there is fear that the conflict between these two countries could potentially escalate into something larger. Putin is a person with rigid views, willing to do everything to reach his goals.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy on negotiations with Russia and Vladimir Putin

Zelenskyy has made interesting statements regarding Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine. The Ukrainian president has been open to negotiations since the beginning of the war, aware that his country is in great danger. Zelenskyy, however, would never jeopardize the territorial integrity and sovereignty of his country. The leader of the eastern country believes that negotiations are possible if both sides are open to compromise, but the Russian side appears reluctant to engage in such talks. 

Zelenskyy has emphasized multiple times that negotiating with Vladimir Putin is impossible, especially considering Putin's goal to destroy the country. The only scenario where negotiations are possible, Zelenskyy highlighted, is if Russians pull out of Ukrainian territories.

“You cannot sit down to talk to a person whose only goal is to destroy you,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

"Russia can start negotiations tomorrow if they pull out of our territories," he said.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy© Jose Sena Goulao - Pool/Getty Images News

In this case, is it important that other major powers of the world get involved and try to reconcile the two sides, or is it crucial that the leaders of both countries sit down to talk and try to calm things down? This second option seems unsuccessful, so this first option would have to be tried.

The partners of both countries should talk with them, find solutions, and see in which direction things should go. Each side wants to emerge victorious in this war.

The people of Ukraine are the biggest victim in the whole story. Hope for a solution soon.

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