Pressure IS mounting from America and the West for the Ukraine President to work on getting a deal to stop the fighting…
The problem will be what kind of settlement can be achieved with BOTH parties being able to say they got something for domestic consumption ….
Turns out the United State’s and the Russian’s HAVE been communicating all along to help things form getting out of hand…(The Ukraine HAS to be also since there have been POW swaps)…
The Russian’s have backed away from nuclear weapons talk…
Russian Mass cualities are acknowledged…
The Pope is working for more POW swaps and has offered to help work a peace deal…..
Here’s what we know:
Ukrainian officials are celebrating the arrival of advanced Western air-defense systems but claim Russia is on the hunt for more powerful weapons.
Both Russia and Ukraine push for weapons to fight an escalating aerial war.
Ukrainian officials signal openness to talks with Russia, but with strict conditions.
Russia denies huge losses in one battle as it tries to stem discontent over the war.
Russian families searching for missing soldiers confront the military’s chaos.
India urges Moscow to end the war, but says it will not stop buying Russian oil.
A close Putin ally boasts that Russia is interfering in the U.S. midterm elections.
Amid reports that the United States is seeking to keep the door open to peace talks, a senior Ukrainian official said on Tuesday that Ukraine remained willing to restart negotiations with Russia, but only if Moscow agreed to restore the country’s territorial integrity.
Oleksiy Danilov, the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said on Twitter that Ukraine’s “main condition” was restoration of its territorial integrity. He also said Ukraine was seeking guarantees of modern weapons and the destruction of Russian missiles before they could be used to attack Ukraine.
His comments came a day after President Volodymyr Zelensky said that world leaders should “force Russia into genuine peace negotiations.” Mr. Zelensky said in his overnight address on Monday that Ukraine had “repeatedly proposed” a resumption of peace talks, only to have Russia respond “with new terrorist attacks, shelling or blackmail.”…
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- Conversations with Moscow “focused only on risk reduction,” according to the White House. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday that the administration had to “protect the timing and content” to ensure the channels are not cut off. “We reserve the right to speak directly at senior levels about issues of concern to the United States,” she said. “That has happened over the course of the past few months.”
- Ukraine will negotiate once Russian troops leave its territory, presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Tuesday, answering questions about the Post report. Podolyak told Radio Svoboda that Ukraine’s stance has not changed and that Russia has offered only ultimatums. A Russian Foreign Ministry official, meanwhile, told reporters the Kremlin did not have “preconditions” for negotiations, blaming Kyiv instead.
- “Anyone who is serious about the climate agenda” should also be serious about stopping Russian aggression, Zelensky also said Monday in his nightly address. The Kremlin’s war has worsened the world’s energy and food crises, undermining efforts to halt “the destruction of the climate,” he said as the annual U.N. Climate Conference, or COP27, convened in Egypt.
- The head of Russia’s central bank warned Tuesday that the impact of Western sanctions on the economy should not be underestimated. Russia’s economy would have to go through a major restructuring in order to adjust, Elvira Nabiullina said. “Sanctions are very powerful. … It will be impossible to isolate oneself from their influence,” she told a parliamentary committee. She said Russian banks have withstood the shock of sanctions.
- A U.S. citizen was killed fighting in eastern Ukraine, a spokesman from his unit, the International Legion of Defense of Ukraine, said Tuesday. Mamuka Mamulashvili said Timothy Griffin was killed “during counteroffensive operations.” A State Department spokesperson confirmed the death of a U.S. citizen in Ukraine without identifying the individual.
- Ukrainian forces “are gradually pushing back” Russian troops in parts of the country’s east and south, according to Zelensky, who said fighting raged in the eastern Donetsk region.
- Criticism of battlefield losses in Donetsk prompted a Russian Defense Ministry statement playing down the death toll among soldiers who waged a Russian offensive there. It was the first time during the war that the ministry has officially responded in this way to reports of mass casualties and an uproar on Telegram….