Zelenskyy to unveil peace plan in February, WSJ reports

23 December 2022, 03:08 AM
Ukrainian peace plan expected to include complete withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

Ukrainian peace plan expected to include complete withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his team are working on a peace proposal to be presented around Feb. 24, 2023 – the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported on Dec. 22, citing EU and Ukrainian diplomats.

According to the report, Kyiv first seeks to maximize its negotiating position by securing as many “military victories” as it can.

EU diplomats told WSJ that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin still hopes to launch another major offensive between February and April 2023, and therefore is unlikely to seriously consider negotiations before he can see if the plan pans out.

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Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi earlier said Russia could launch another offensive in February 2023, either in Donbas or towards Kyiv, attacking from across the Belarus border.

U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) assessed that Russian forces could embark on another push in Kharkiv or Donetsk oblasts.

On Oct. 4, Zelenskyy ruled out any potential talks with Putin, but has subsequently softened the stance, saying that a formula for direct talks with Russia’s current leadership could eventually be found.

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