Zelensky: When Putin loses the territories from 2022, then he will want to negotiate

"I am sure that when Putin loses the territories he controls from 2022, he will lose the trust of even those countries that are still hesitant to support Ukraine or not," Zelensky said

by Sededin Dedovic
Zelensky: When Putin loses the territories from 2022, then he will want to negotiate
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky presented an interesting analysis that would potentially "force" Putin to sit down at the negotiating table and pave the way for the possibility of dialogue between Ukraine and Russia.

He suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be willing to negotiate if Ukrainian troops were able to return to the borders that were in place in early 2022. Then Putin would lose a lot of influence in the country and would be forced to seek a peaceful solution.

In an interview with CBS, Zelenski emphasized that if this scenario were to come true, military releases would not be necessary, which would enable the start of negotiations between the two countries. He expressed his belief that the loss of territories controlled by Russia from 2022 would lead to a loss of confidence within Russia.

The president's views really sound nice, but how realistic is that at all when Russia is achieving the biggest victories since the beginning of the aggression. "I am sure that when Putin loses the territories he controls from 2022, he will lose the trust of even those countries that are still hesitant to support Ukraine or not." He will also lose power in his country.

As soon as that happens, he will be ready for dialogue. Then the liberation of all our territories and the territorial integrity of Ukraine should become a mandatory international condition for peace," said the Ukrainian president.

The current situation on the front, according to Zelenskiy, shows stabilization and improvement compared to the situation a few months ago, when Ukraine faced a serious shortage of artillery ammunition. However, he warned that another major Russian offensive could occur later in the spring or summer, and that without the support of allies, Ukraine could face challenges in countering that threat.

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Yesterday he made great efforts to secure the support of the United States of America in the form of vital military aid to Ukraine.

In a telephone conversation with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, Zelenski emphasized the urgency of the situation on the ground. "I informed Johnson about the situation on the battlefield, especially about the dramatic increase in Russian air terror," Zelensky said after a telephone conversation with a senior American official.

Although the Senate had previously approved $60 billion in aid, the impasse in the House of Representatives is creating gridlock and making the situation more difficult. Johnson, who is playing a key role in the process of putting the legislation to a vote, recently announced that he is exploring possible ways to help Ukraine.

However, the blockade of aid in Congress is, according to Zelenskiy, the result of political games and conflicts of interest, which further complicates the situation for Ukraine. Reacting to Zelensky's statements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov pointed out that Russia has four new subjects since the beginning of the Special Operation in Ukraine.

He pointed out that everyone should be aware of changes in geopolitical dynamics that cannot be ignored, and all parties, including Ukraine and the USA, should take these changes into account. Previously, the Ukrainian authorities declared that they were ready for peace negotiations with Russia only if the "peace formula" proposed by Zelensky was accepted.

This formula includes the return of Ukraine to the borders of 1991, which also implies the return of Crimea and Donbass. On the other hand, the Kremlin insisted that a peaceful solution to the conflict can only be achieved by taking into account the current situation on the ground.

Moscow is demanding de facto recognition of the annexation of around 20% of Ukraine's territory as a condition for ending the conflict. Looking at the picture on the battlefield, realistically speaking Putin should be making demands and not Zelensky.

The Ukrainian army has very little stock of ammunition and is currently waiting for the biggest offensive of the Russian forces. Last week alone, Russia fired 190 missiles into Ukrainian territory, sent 140 drones and dropped 700 guided aerial bombs.

This is only part of the continuous aggression that Ukraine is exposed to, and the lack of US support further complicates the country's defense. This development represents a significant step towards a possible resolution of the long-standing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Zelensky's openness to dialogue and the proposed peace formula can serve as a basis for further negotiations and possibly reaching a compromise that would lead to the stabilization of the region and the reduction of tension between the two countries.

However, it remains to be seen how both sides will react and whether they will be ready to take steps towards a peaceful solution to the conflict that has been going on for several years.