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Putin Says War Won’t End Until Ukraine Accepts Losing Crimea and Donbas

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Russian tank using defensive measures to stop missile attack. Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin met with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Moscow this week, he laid out what it would take for Russia to cease its so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Putin has previously expressed a desire to bring an end to the war in Ukraine, but this week suggested that he would not sign a peace deal with Kiev unless its government first agrees to “solve the issues of Crimea and Donbas” at least on a working level.

It means that Kyiv would be willing to accept one of Russia’s key demands since the beginning of the conflict to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, and that Crimea is a Russian territory. At present, Kyiv has not expressed any willingness to meet these demands.

Putin Insists There Is Precedent

During the same meeting, the Russian president defended his country’s position on recognizing the independence of the Donbas states.

Putin referenced Kosovo, the partially recognized southeastern European state which declared independence in 2008. The International Court of Justice ruled in a 2010 Advisory Opinion that the country’s declaration of independence did not violate international law.

“Regarding the invasion, I am well-versed in the documents of the International Court on the situation in Kosovo. In fact, I have read them myself. I remember very well the decision by the International Court, which states that when fulfilling its right to self-determination a territory within any state does not have to seek permission from the country’s central government in order to proclaim its sovereignty,” Putin said.

Putin added that “everyone supported” the decision from the International Court, and that the Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republican – the two eastern regions of Ukraine that declared independence – should also have their sovereignty recognized.

Guterres responded by reminding the Russian leader that the United Nations does not recognize the state of Kosovo.

Zelenskyy Details What Would Stop Peace Talks

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy laid out what factors would end the possibility of further peace talks between the two countries. Specifically, the president said that if Russia were to go ahead with any “pseudo-referendums” in occupied Ukrainian territory, the peace talks would cease.

Speaking to the press at a metro station in Kyiv, Zelenskyy said that negotiations would also end if innocent civilians remaining in Mariupol are killed.

“But our citizens, located on the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson region and many other settlements in the Zaporizhzhia region in the east of Ukraine, they have to know, and they should not assist the occupying forces,” the president added.

Zelenskyy warned that Russia holding referendums in occupied territories, as it did in Crimea ahead of the 2014 annexation, would be “the wrong step.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. speedster

    April 28, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Putin is looking through the wrong end of a metaphorical telescope. He seems to have a strange notion that he is in charge of when the special operation or war ceases.The
    Ukraine is now in charge of when the war ends, not Putin.
    The reason can be explained quite simply because Putin has committed The Russian military to an open ended conflict.
    Putin can pretend to himself that he is in charge of the conflict, but realisation that is not the case will gradually arrive.
    Pareto, analysis of the initial invasion force of 150,000, shows that military efficiency has reduced to 0.16%. So the original Russian force was effectively defeated.
    The mistake has been compounded by moving the remaining forces not dead and wounded to East ukraine, without recuperation.
    The supposedly new invasion force of 100,000, includes the exhausted and war weary 62,000, from the failed initial invasion.
    Effectively 38,000 fresh troops are to be used in an offensive where it is dubious that the standard 3x defender ratio can be achieved.
    Finally, time is not on the side of the Russian military, since nato weapons such as artillery are now beginning to enter the offensive battlefield. NATO weapons have already proven to be more than a match for Russian weaponry, which has proven to be at least a magnitude less than nato weapons.

  2. CK

    April 28, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Agreed. Putin can say whatever he wants, but only the realities on the battlefield will dictate the end result.

    So far, they haven’t even captured the Donbas, and even if they did, I wonder what will happen to those exhausted, depleted, tankless Russians and allies when Ukraine comes knocking at their door with state of the art NATO equipment?

  3. alexis died in a drone strike

    April 29, 2022 at 2:32 am

    It’s time to start a fire in Moscow. Let em know we’re thinking of them

  4. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Yes Yes Yes. Russia lost 100,000 soldiers, thousands of tanks, hundreds of planes and ran out of missiles.

    If failure is thousands of Ukrainian prisoners of war, the destruction of 95% of Ukrainian equipment and the occupation of new cities every day, where the flags of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Russia and Chechnya fly, then what is luck? Everyone in the world understood what the outcome would be. One lie will not convince anyone.

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

    Lend-lease is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole.

  5. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Imagine killing 100,000 of your enemy soldiers, destroying 95% of all their equipment, and advancing 1-2KM a day and seizing a handful of villages… something doesn’t add up here Komrade!

    Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!

    Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.

    Here’s a reminder:

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

  6. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 10:51 am

    It’s wonderful to watch how a young Bandera Nazi is turned inside out. Soon you will meet your Bandera in the same boiling pot, bastards 🙂

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

    Lend-lease is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole.

  7. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Ah, I see your tactic. You add a little shitty first paragraph so it doesn’t detect your duplicate post. Is this what it has come to now, you just posting the same exact post 2, 3, 4, 5 times per article?

    Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!

    Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.

    Here’s a reminder:

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

  8. mcswell

    April 29, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Alex, komrade, you’re back! We missed your humor here.

    BTW, what happened to my request to be added to Putin’s sanctions list? As I’m sure you remember, I want to print out the announcement of my being sanctioned (or better, get an autographed copy from old Putin himself), so I can proudly hang it on my wall!

  9. bimatoprost

    May 18, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Aw, this was a very good post. Spending some time and actual effort to generate a superb article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

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