Volodymyr Zelensky is open to peace talks with Russia if all Ukrainian territory is reclaimed, source says

  • Source says Volodymyr Zelensky said he would negotiate with Russia
  • However it would be on the condition that all seized lands are recaptured
  • The country’s population ‘overwhelmingly opposed’ to any talks with Russia

Volodymyr Zelensky is ready to negotiate with Vladimir Putin if Kyiv’s forces can recapture all its territory seized during the invasion.

Mr Zelensky signed a decree in September ruling out peace talks. But a senior government source said the ‘idea is to push the Russians back to the so-called borders of February 23 then we can negotiate’.

With the country’s population overwhelmingly opposed to any talks with Russia, the source added: ‘But if you write this, we’ll deny it. There’s no politician in Ukraine who will consider saying this.’ The admission comes amid a renewed push by Joe Biden and the US to find diplomatic solutions, indicating Mr Zelensky may not have full Western backing for taking back Crimea and the Donbas by force.

Volodymyr Zelensky is ready to negotiate with Vladimir Putin if Kyiv’s forces can recapture all its territory seized during the invasion

The country’s population overwhelmingly opposed to any talks with Russia, according to a source

The country’s population overwhelmingly opposed to any talks with Russia, according to a source

NBC News said diplomacy efforts could be stepped up this winter. ‘In the winter, everything slows down,’ NBC quoted one Western official as saying. ‘The potential for talks, we would like to see that happening.’

Ukraine’s armed forces have succeeded in winning back large swathes of large in the northeast Kharkiv region and are closing in on the southern city of Kherson after Russia announced its withdrawal.

Opinion polls by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology have regularly found that 87% of Ukrainians are vehemently against any territorial concessions.

Such negotiations would also be dependent on the Russian tyrant ending his indiscriminate attacks targeting civilians in Ukrainian towns and cities, something Kyiv’s Western allies say he shows no sign of doing.

But the source admitted that ‘the cost would be too high’ in terms of casualties inflicted upon the Ukrainian military if they attempted to wrestle back both occupied regions.

‘Taking a big city like Donetsk would be a bloodbath,’ the top aide said. 

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