‘Ultimatums don’t work in Ukraine’ — Zelensky’s chief of staff responds to Putin’s peace proposal – POLITICO

His comments came after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday made a new proposal to start peace negotiations in the conflict, which Moscow began with its all-out invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Just a day before the peace conference, to which Russia was not invited, Putin articulated Russia’s demands for peace: Ukraine must give up the four regions part of which Russia occupies, demilitarize them and abandon its ambitions to join the NATO defense alliance.

“Once Kiev agrees to fully withdraw from Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia and starts this process, we will be ready to start negotiations,” Putin said on Friday.

Putin also demanded that the West lift all sanctions on Russia, and that Moscow’s claims to the areas of Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson be internationally recognized.

“If Kiev and West refuse, they will take full responsibility for further bloodshed,” Putin said.

But Ukraine rejected his proposal. During the summit, Kyiv plans to talk to representatives of 92 countries and eight international organizations to work on a joint plan on how to bring Ukraine’s 10-step peace formula to life, Yermak said.