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Could the Ukraine War Be About to End? Putin Signals Willingness to Negotiate as Conflict Escalates

Putin Signals Willingness to Negotiate as Ukraine Conflict Intensifies
Source: MEGA

Putin expressed a willingness to negotiate regarding war in Ukraine ahead of his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

May 16 2024, Published 11:04 a.m. ET

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Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his willingness to engage in negotiations regarding the Ukraine conflict.

In an interview with China's Xinhua News Agency, Putin, who initiated the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, stated he is “open to a dialogue” regarding Ukraine, but “such negotiations must take into account the interests of all countries involved in the conflict, including ours."

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This announcement comes ahead of Putin's scheduled meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on May 16.

Meanwhile, the conflict continues to escalate in Ukraine. Russian forces have intensified their offensive in the Kharkiv region, displacing 8,000 residents and engaging in heavy fighting with Ukrainian troops.

These are the most significant gains for Moscow since Ukrainian forces reclaimed the region in 2022. Further south, the Russian defense ministry announced full control over the town of Robotyne.

As Moscow aims to solidify its advances in the Donetsk region, the two-year-old war has reached a critical juncture for Ukraine's military, which is awaiting new supplies of anti-aircraft missiles and artillery shells from the United States.

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U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated, "We're rushing ammunition, armored vehicles, missiles, air defenses to get them to the front lines. For anyone who is tempted to bet against Ukraine, don't — it will be a big mistake." He expressed confidence in the continued support for Ukraine during these challenging times.

In response, Ukraine has launched counterattacks, including a drone strike that forced the closure of a major airport in Kazan, Russia.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has maintained that any negotiations must include the withdrawal of Russian troops and the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity.

Zelensky also demands the release of prisoners, security guarantees and a tribunal for those responsible for the war. Due to the escalating situation in the northeast, Zelensky abruptly canceled planned visits to Spain and Portugal to focus on the crisis at home.

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