Ukraine Says It Is Not Interested In A Temporary Truce With Russia

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A temporary truce with Russia is “meaningless” according to a member of the Ukrainian team negotiating in the peace talks

Mikhail Podoliak, an adviser to the Ukrainian President stated that a temporary truce would only lead to a further escalation in the ongoing military conflict between Kiev and Moscow

“We won’t agree to a ‘Minsk-3’ or ‘Budapest-2’ – it’s all pointless,” he said.

Referring to the Minsk agreements, which were signed in 2014 and 2015 and were meant to end the war in the Donbass region of Ukraine, Podoliak added: “In a historical perspective, even a short one, all these ‘Minsks’ lead to great tragedies. None of these agreements will work without real mechanisms of preventing war

RT reports: Moscow claimed that Kiev intentionally failed to implement any of their obligations under the agreements and continued their military campaign against the breakaway regions of Lugansk and Donetsk for eight years.

Podoliak also said that “Ukraine is not interested in a temporary truce with Russia,” and that “it’s important to push through such conditions that would not allow Russia to even think of attacking Ukraine or crossing its borders,” arguing that any temporary truce would stimulate Russia to take further hostile actions.

Commenting on the peace talks, he argued that the situation has changed as the Ukrainian people are now much more negative when it comes to any possible negotiations with Russia.

Nevertheless, Podoliak, who insists that “the Russian world is a world of death” and is “outside of human civilization,” claimed that Kiev believes the talks must continue as they can lead to the establishment of humanitarian corridors and the exchange of POWs.

The latest round of negotiations between Moscow and Kiev was held last week in Istanbul, Turkey, where, according to the Russian side, the Ukrainian delegation offered its first draft of written proposals on how to resolve the conflict. 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has since accused the Ukrainian side of trying to stall the talks by changing the wording of the proposals and backtracking on several key issues. He said on Thursday that the proposal sent by the Ukrainian side this week failed to mention that the security guarantees Kiev wants to obtain from leading world powers do not cover Crimea. Russia has considered the peninsula part of its territory since 2014, when it voted to reunite with Russia. 

Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told Sky News on Thursday that Moscow hopes the military offensive in Ukraine will end in the near future, possibly “in the coming days,” through either the Russian military reaching its goals or the finalization of an agreement between the two countries.

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