15 thoughts on “End the War in Ukraine with Diplomacy

  1. If the war in Russia is going so well, why is Medvedev threatening to to bring officials from the country’s state-run defense industries up on criminal charges for failing to meet production goals. Russia is running out of tanks (among other things).

    Why are the Russian troops protesting? Amid applause from the crowd, a soldier was filmed saying: ‘You no longer look like a source of power in our eyes. Perhaps we people should all get together and decide you are of no use.’

    The troops are so happy, it “shines from their eyes.”

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    1. The two sources you share look significant and compelling to me. We will see on the battlefield whether it is true that Russia is running out of tanks and whether it is true that Russian troops are too demoralized to fight.

      I don’t know how the battle will play out, but I think the Congressional Progressive Caucus is correct in its desire to seek peace.


      1. Negotiate with delegates or negotiate directly, face to face, with Putin?

        “ Ukraine could declare neutrality and offer security guarantees to Russia to secure peace “without delay,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said ahead of another planned round of talks — though he said only a face-to-face meeting with Russia’s leader could end the war.”


        “Speaking to the Italian broadcaster Rai 1, Zelensky said, “I am ready to talk to Putin, but only to him. Without any of his intermediaries. And in the framework of dialogue, not ultimatums.”


        “Russia’s chief negotiator on Sunday rejected the idea of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, emphasizing that the two sides still remain at odds when it comes to territorial disputes.”


        There are plenty of other efforts, rebuffed by Russia.

        Your story is from a few weeks ago and after rejections for months, Zelensky probably feels that negotiations are fruitless now.

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    1. RE: “Zelensky has said many times that he wants a face to face meeting with Putin.”

      Zelensky has no bargaining position because Ukraine doesn’t own or control the resources it is using to fight the war.

      Ukraine’s only hope for peace is contingent upon the U.S. and Europe wanting peace.


        1. Empire building? Russia’s stated aims are the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. By any objective measure it is accomplishing those goals.


          1. Whatever happened to annexing the 2 oblasts so Russians in those places could “breathe free”. That has shifted to 5, including Crimea. Denazification was the official BS to rile up the country for his “special operation”. I think that has been pretty well shown to be a crock. 1000+ tanks, 60,000 dead, using old stockpiles of WW2 ammunition and a general conscription by force and press gangs to feed the meat grinder…something “special” alright.

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          2. RE: “Denazification was the official BS to rile up the country for his ‘special operation’. I think that has been pretty well shown to be a crock.”

            I don’t. What has been pretty well shown is that Western media refuse to depict Zelensky as the puppet tyrant his actions reveal him to be.


          3. …” the puppet tyrant “…

            Seriously? That is all ya got? You seem to be living in the past , i.e. pre-Zelensky leaders n Ukraine. The ones that were Putin puppets.


          4. “Russia’s stated aims are the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.”

            Stated, maybe. In actuality, the objective appears to be to wipe Ukraine from the map. One less democracy to deal with for Putin.


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