Putin presents two “difficult” demands of Ukraine in the ceasefire negotiations: Report

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made several requests to Ukraine, including two “difficult problems”.

The request can be divided into two parts, Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Karin told several media.

The first four articles seem to be a common rationale for both parties.

“Basically, six topics are being discussed. The first is Ukraine’s withdrawal from the neutral nation, NATO. Second, disarmament and mutual security in the context of the Austrian model. Third, [is] The process that the Russian side calls “denazification”. Fourth, it removes obstacles to the spread of Russian in Ukraine, “he told a Turkish newspaper. Hulliette In an interview published on Saturday.

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Ukrainian and Russian officials will pose before meeting in the Brest region of Belarus on March 7, 2022. (Maxim Guchek / BELTA / AFP via Getty Images)

Some progress has been made in the above four topics. However, it is premature to say that a complete agreement could be reached, as there are two other “difficult problems”.

Putin proposed two territorial-related requirements.

Putin would require Ukraine to allow the annexation of Crimean to Russia and allow the independence of Donbus, a conflict area in southeastern Ukraine.

Putin recognized the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic a few days before ordering a full invasion of Ukraine. These are the two separatist areas of Donbus.

President Putin reportedly informed Prime Minister Erdogan that he would meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky personally on territorial issues if both sides reached common ground in the first four regions.

The Epoch Times sought comment from the Ukrainian and Russian governments.

In this image from a video posted on Facebook, provided by the Ukrainian President Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine on March 16, 2022. (Ukrainian President Press Office via AP)

Zelensky has asked him to talk to Putin shortly after the outbreak of the war. He again suggested on Saturday that the dispute between Russia and Ukraine would be resolved through “meaningful” talks.

“Peace, our security, Ukraine’s negotiations are meaningful, fair and without delay, and Russia’s only chance to reduce the damage caused by its mistakes,” he said. statement..

He also warned that if both sides did not reach the timely end of the war, the war would cost Russia enormous losses.

“Otherwise, Russia’s losses are so great that several generations will not be enough to rebound,” he said.

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Ukrainian refugees are preparing to catch a train to Poland on March 18, 2022 at a station in Lviv, Ukraine. (Charlotte Cuthbertson / The Epoch Times)

Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, after unsuccessful efforts to stop the war.

The United Nations As of March 19, he said he had recorded 847 deaths and 1,399 injuries in Ukraine, primarily due to Russia’s military action against Ukraine caused by artillery and air strikes.

However, the United Nations believes that the actual numbers are “quite high.”

Since the beginning of the war, more than 3.3 million people have fled Ukraine. United Nations Data show.

Allen John


Allen Zhong is a longtime writer and reporter for The Epoch Times. He joined the Epoch Media Group in 2012. His main focus is American politics.