Volodymyr Zelenskyy Unveils Plan for Diplomatic Resolution to Ukraine Conflict

He talks about creating a strategy during the first summit to handle the crises caused by the conflict

by Sead Dedovic
Volodymyr Zelenskyy Unveils Plan for Diplomatic Resolution to Ukraine Conflict
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President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, spoke on various topics during a press conference marking two years since the start of the war in Ukraine, with the key focus being the conflict in Ukraine. The Ukrainian leader discussed the prospect of the first peaceful summit, emphasizing that the initiative comes from Ukraine. The next summit could take place in Switzerland. The Ukrainian president is ready to negotiate with Russia to achieve a lasting peace, which, according to many, does not seem like a realistic option at this time.

"The initiative can only come from Ukraine... And today we have reached the moment of the first summit (of peace - ed.). I hope the first summit, the inaugural one, will take place in the spring, we must not lose the diplomatic initiative, it will be held in Switzerland. As for the second summit, we want it to be, perhaps, not on the European continent, but on another one... I think that in the coming weeks and months, this information will definitely appear," he said, as quoted by newsukraine.rbc.ua!

President Zelenskyy explains a plan for addressing the consequences of the war. He talks about creating a strategy during the first summit to handle the crises caused by the conflict. The goal is to draft a document, similar to the grain initiative, but without direct negotiations with Russia.

Zelenskyy notes that there's no assurance Russia will accept the document. Nevertheless, the plan is for negotiators to present the document to the Russian side in some format. The objective is to prepare for a second summit, where appropriate diplomatic steps can be taken to work towards a fair peace and ultimately end the war. 

Zelenskyy has emphasized peace on numerous occasions, but it seems that the other party is not ready for a peace agreement. Specifically, it appears that Vladimir Putin is not prepared for any form of compromise. However, losses in Russia and the imposed sanctions may be reasons for the Russian leader to consider making concessions. Political and war experts are not optimistic that the Russian president will be willing to compromise, despite all the sanctions and consequences that his country is facing due to this policy.

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The Ukrainian president responded to a journalist's question about whether Ukraine is losing the war and whether Zelenskyy will talk to Putin, considering that many things can change in the coming period, especially with the U.S. elections in 8 months. Volodymyr Zelenskyy is confident that Ukraine will not lose the war. From the first day of the conflict with Russia, the Ukrainian leader has promoted optimism and urged the people to be brave in challenging times for the country. Zelenskyy has several ideas in mind. For him, the primary focus is for Ukraine and its soldiers to remain steadfast in the fight against the enemy.

"This is a legal and diplomatic issue. We will offer a platform on which he can agree that he lost the war and that it was a big mistake... Will Ukraine lose this war? I am sure that it will not. The most difficult thing was February 24 two years ago. At least we have no alternative to not winning, no possibility of losing. What happens if Ukraine loses? We won't exist, our existence will be over, so we don't want such an ending," he said.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy on U.S. Congress

If Congress does not make a decision that will help the Ukrainians, Zelenskyy believes it is difficult to be optimistic. Since the beginning of the war, the U.S. has been the one supporting Ukraine, without which it would be hard for Ukrainians to resist Russia. Russia is significantly stronger militarily, and fighting against such an army poses a tough challenge.

He highlighted the potential consequences, expressing worry that without the necessary support, Ukraine's military strength could suffer on the battlefield. Zelenskyy pointed out that they currently have limitations in their weapons, and they need to find other ways to get them, possibly by persuading their allies. He specifically mentioned the challenge of getting certain weapon systems, like the Patriot system, which costs $1.5 billion and requires collaboration with the United States. Without the involvement and assistance of the U.S., it is very difficult to fight against such an opponent. Joe Biden has shown a readiness to help the Ukrainians since the first day of the war, but he is not the only one who makes decisions.

Zelenskyy stressed how crucial it is to work with the United States to get specific weapons and mentioned that there aren't many alternatives globally, especially for improving air defense. 

The United States is among the biggest and strongest military forces globally. So, Ukrainians can only hope that Congress will decide to offer help to Ukraine.

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