Fearing the effects of the war, Washington is pushing Kyiv to negotiate

Fearing the effects of the war, Washington is pushing Kyiv to negotiate
Fearing the effects of the war, Washington is pushing Kyiv to negotiate

Fearing the effects of the war, Washington is pushing Kyiv to negotiate

Top US officials are urging Kyiv to consider peace talks if they stop combat momentum That winter, and especially after Ukraine regained control of Kherson, was one of their most impressive victories of the war.

The onset of the approaching winter, coupled with fears of inflation fueled by rising energy and food prices, billions of dollars worth of weapons already pumped into Ukraine, and tens of thousands of casualties on both sides, have prompted Washington from a possible turning point in the war, now in its month ix.

The United States and its allies are pledged to continue supporting Ukraine, but senior officials in Washington are vocal about what territory both sides can gain and at what cost.

From Kherson (archive of AFP)

Meanwhile, some European officials appear more optimistic about Ukraine’s prospects.

There has to be a mutual recognition that a military victory in the truest sense of the word is unlikely to be achieved by military means, so we must resort to other means,” said US Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The prospect of Ukraine not making any significant gains on the battlefield in the coming weeks has prompted the United States and some European officials to talk about starting public pressure to demand a deal.

“We’re telling Ukrainians it’s up to them to decide when they do it,” said a Western European official, suggesting talks could happen, but “it might be a good idea to do it sooner,” like he put it.

For their part, US officials believe now is not the right time, but many believe the coming weeks and months will present an opportunity to talk about negotiations.

The United States and some of its allies fear their stockpiles are being depleted at an unsustainable rate. US military assistance to Ukraine this year totaled nearly $19 billion, far exceeding European aid.

Another Western official added, “We see real and practical problems in making military advances, and we see shortages of ammunition.”

On the same day that General Milley spoke of an opportunity for talks, US President Joe Biden also hinted that the time for negotiations could soon be right.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Washington has made it clear to Ukraine that it needs to be open to a negotiated settlement.

Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan relayed that message to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his aides in Kyiv last week, suggesting that Kyiv would gain leverage by being open to negotiations, according to people familiar with the discussions.

“Our job is to put them (Ukraine) in the best position on the battlefield and at the negotiating table when diplomacy has the opportunity,” Sullivan said last Thursday. “The United States is not pressuring Ukraine. ” said Sullivan.

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