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Lots of news-of-the-weird stuff has bubbled up on the Internet this week, including this scoop advertised by The Financial Times.
Not so fast, said deputy head of the President’s Office Mykhailo Podoliak.
"The basis for real negotiations with (Russia) is the complete withdrawal of Russian armed groups beyond the internationally recognised borders of Ukraine in 1991. Including #Crimea," he said, according to Reuters. "There is no question of any territorial concessions or bargaining of our sovereign rights."
Timila Tasheva, Z’s envoy on Crimea, says Ukraine will give Russia a choice on how to leave Crimea.
“To minimize Ukrainian military losses, minimize threats to civilians who live in occupied territories, as well as the destruction of civilian infrastructure, Ukraine plans to give Russia a choice on how to leave Crimea. If they don’t agree to leave voluntarily, Ukraine will continue to liberate its land by military means,” Tasheva said.
According to Vitaliy Portnikov, Putin’s objective remains the same: to obliterate Ukraine. Kyiv doesn’t rule out peace talks, but they are unlikely if the goal of the exercise doesn’t change.
Ukraine War Plans Leak Prompts Pentagon Investigation. Classified documents detailing secret American and NATO plans have appeared on Twitter and Telegram. (The New York Times, April 6, 2023)