Zelenskyy has been selling a 10-point peace plan that envisages Russia restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Russia has rejected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s “peace system” as a foundation for negotiations and believes Kyiv continues to be not prepared for actual peace talks, International Minister Sergey Lavrov informed state-run RIA information company.
Lavrov additionally stated Kyiv’s hopes of driving Russia out of jap Ukraine and Crimea with Western assist have been “an phantasm”, the company reported on Thursday. The veteran Russian diplomat’s feedback characterize the newest proof of the gulf in positions between Moscow and Kyiv, and the way far the 2 governments are from any practical probability of talks geared toward ending the struggle, now in its eleventh month.
Hours after Lavrov’s rejection of Zelenskyy’s proposal, Ukrainian officers stated the nation got here below heavy Russian missile assault, with explosions in large cities, together with capital Kyiv and Kharkiv.
Zelenskyy has been vigorously pushing a 10-point peace plan that envisages Russia respecting and restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity and pulling out all its troops.
However Moscow has insisted Kyiv should first settle for Russia’s annexation of Luhansk and Donetsk within the east, and Kherson and Zaporizhia within the south. There will be no peace plan “that doesn’t take note of in the present day’s realities concerning Russian territory, with the entry of 4 areas into Russia”, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated.
On Thursday, Lavrov stated Russia would proceed to construct up its preventing energy and technological capabilities in Ukraine. He additionally emphasised that mobilised troops had undergone “critical coaching” and whereas many have been now on the bottom, the bulk weren’t but on the entrance.
Lavrov additionally stated his nation’s army is engaged on new plans to chop off provides of weapons and ammunition despatched from overseas for the Ukrainian forces.
The Russian overseas minister’s statements seem to contradict President Vladimir Putin’s current feedback suggesting a willingness to return to diplomacy. America and Ukraine had dubbed Putin’s statements as insincere.
Ukraine, in the meantime, has sought a peace summit led by the United Nations by February. Over the previous two months, Zelenskyy has urged the leaders of the G20 and G7 groupings to assist his concept for the summit, which he stated would give attention to his peace plan “as a complete or some particular factors specifically”.
On Monday, Zelenskyy spoke about his peace system to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose nation will head the G20 over the subsequent yr. Whereas India’s authorities has not commented on Zelenskyy’s plan, Modi informed the Ukrainian chief that New Delhi would assist any initiative geared toward ending the battle by way of diplomacy. Zelenskyy later tweeted that he was “relying on” India’s assist for his plan.
I had a cellphone name with @PMOIndia Narendra Modi and wished a profitable #G20 presidency. It was on this platform that I introduced the peace system and now I depend on India’s participation in its implementation. I additionally thanked for humanitarian support and assist within the UN.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) December 26, 2022
Zelenskyy additionally mentioned the plan with US President Joe Biden throughout his go to to Washington, DC in December. On Wednesday, Zelenskyy informed his nation’s parliament to stay united and praised Ukrainians for serving to the West “discover itself once more”.
“Our nationwide colors are in the present day a global image of braveness and indomitability of the entire world,” he stated in an annual speech held behind closed doorways.