Ukraine’s presidential chief-of-staff discusses Ukrainian peace plan with US national security advisor
Ukrainian Presidential Chief-of-Staff Andrii Yermak and National Security Advisor to the U.S. President Jake Sullivan have discussed the security situation around Ukraine, according to a tweet by Yermak on Dec. 24.
“I continued a regular exchange of views with Jake Sullivan on the bilateral agenda, security issues and the situation around Ukraine,” Yermak tweeted.
According to him, the two also discussed further steps that could lead to peace in Ukraine’s war-torn eastern Donbas region.
In early December, Ukrainian officials observed a sizable mobilization of Russian troops on the Russian-Ukrainian border, which soon led to ratcheting tensions in the region.
During talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 7, U.S. President Joe Biden "made clear that the U.S. and its allies would respond with strong economic and other measures in the event of a military escalation.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that during his conversation with Biden on Dec. 9 he had received information that Russia is not planning a further escalation in Ukraine.
Officials in the U.S. and Europe remain concerned about the situation. On Dec. 12, ambassadors from the Group of Seven leading economies adopted an official statement warning Russia of "massive consequences and severe cost" in the event of military aggression against Ukraine.
On Dec. 22, the Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said that there were now 122,000 Russian soldiers within 200 kilometers of Ukraine’s border, with an additional 143,500 troops within 400 kilometers
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