Kremlin Says Ukraine Peace Plan Must Include Annexed Regions Joining Russia

Ukraine is demanding Russia withdraw from all territories, including Crimea

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday said that any “peace plan” for the war in Ukraine must involve the territories Russia has annexed joining the Russian Federation.

“There can be no peace plan for Ukraine that does not take into account today’s realities regarding Russian territory, with the entry of four regions into Russia. Plans that do not take these realities into account cannot be peaceful,” Peskov said.

Russia formally annexed the territory it controls in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and the breakaway Donbas republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR) after holding referendums, which Ukraine and the US denounced as shams.

Ukrainian President Voldymr Zelensky has been pushing a “peace plan” that involves Russia withdrawing from all the territory it has captured, including Crimea, which Russia has controlled since 2014. Zelensky’s terms and Peskov’s comments demonstrate how far apart the two sides are when it comes to a potential negotiated settlement.

For their part, Russia maintains that it’s open to talks with Ukraine and its Western backers, while Kyiv has unrealistic demands as preconditions for talks. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this week that talks could only happen after Russia faces war crimes tribunals.

Kuleba said Ukraine is hoping for a “peace summit” to be hosted by the UN soon, but he doesn’t want Russia to attend. While there’s little hope for peace talks, the US continues to escalate support for Kyiv, and there’s no end in sight to the fighting in Ukraine.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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