The Kremlin, once again, said the war in Ukraine will only end through negotiations, but said Kyiv’s continued refusal to negotiate has led to the war of attrition.

Ukraine has said Russia cannot be trusted, so negotiations are worthless. Kyiv also said it will not lay down arms until it reclaims all of its land from Russia, including Crimea. Western countries say the war can end tomorrow if Russia retreated to its 23 February positions, but there is no evidence of that happening. 

So here we are. 

Dmitry Peskov, the press officer from the Kremlin, said dialogue is needed, but “we do not see any prerequisites for the negotiation process,” RT reported. 

Peskov reiterated that Ukraine is no longer interested in negotiating. He noted how President Vladimir Putin said they intend to “solve their problems on the battlefield.”

Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s top diplomat, has said that the longer Kyiv refuses to negotiate, the more challenging it will be.

The war rhetoric from Ukraine has only increased in recent weeks, led by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who, at one point, said Russia will not retreat until it is “smashed” on the battlefield. He urged Ukrainians to fight for every inch of land. Russia is reportedly forcing Ukrainians in occupied areas to enlist in the military. Zelensky has called on these individuals to fight from the inside. 

“If you get into the Russian army, then sabotage any enemy activity, interfere with any Russian operations. Give us all important information about the occupiers: their bases, headquarters, ammunition depots,” he said.

TRENDPOST: Zelensky, the comedian who played the President of Ukraine on TV, has said that no one will take a “gram of our sovereignty or a millimeter of our territory,” which means there will be no negotiations until Kyiv is about to fall. 

The Trends Journal has made it clear that Putin will not allow Zelensky to defeat him on the battlefield. Putin has continued to say that Russia will achieve its objectives and there’s no particular rush to do so.

And Ukrainians will continue to pay the price because of the foolish hubris of their leader, who achieved a level of fame beyond his wildest dreams. His decision to become a comedian is evidence that he always craved the spotlight, even if it meant embarrassing himself. His current role is Defender of the Free World.

But time is running out for Zelensky and, as we note in this week’s issue, it turns out that sane countries in Western Europe don’t love the idea of nuclear war with Russia. 

Shea Bradley-Farrell, the president of Counterpoint Institute for Policy, Research, and Education, penned an op-ed in The Washington Times on what would be needed for a negotiated settlement. 

“Peace will not come to Ukraine until the U.S. and Russia sit down face-to-face and negotiate specific terms and conditions of a peace treaty. Nothing short of that level of negotiation will be effective, respected, or guaranteed,” she wrote. “No matter how much one might admire the bravery of Ukrainian citizens, they cannot continue to hold off Russia without bearing the deadly and costly penalties. What is left is the negotiation of peace.”

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