Kremlin rules out talks on Crimea's status

25 Jan 2023 06:45 am

By Gert Ewen Ungar

According to the office of the Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, the negotiator Denis Kireyev, who was shot dead by the Ukrainian secret service in March last year, was not a Russian spy. Kireyev was shot dead in the street in Kyiv last March by the Ukrainian secret service SBU because he had resisted his arrest and was summarily killed in the center of the Ukrainian capital. The Ukrainian secret service had claimed that Kireyev had spied for the Russian side during the negotiations in Belarus and wanted to arrest him on suspicion of high treason.

Zelensky’s office has now – nine months too late – acquitted Kireyev of the charge of espionage. On the contrary, he was tasked with protracting negotiations with Russia, admits the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, Kirill Budanov. This should buy Ukraine even more time. A spokesman for Zelenskiy commented that Kireyev had unfortunately fallen victim to structures in the Ukrainian power apparatus that were working against one another.

The incident highlights several aspects of the current military conflict that are under-recognized. The most important aspect: the conflict could have come to a tolerable end for both sides as early as April 2022. Russian and Ukrainian negotiators met in Belarus just four days after the start of the special military operation. An agreement reached between Russia and Ukraine after tough negotiations was ready for signature in March. These key points of the agreement stipulated that Russia would withdraw behind the February 23, 2022 lines and that Ukraine would remain neutral in the future, i.e. not join NATO. The parties agreed not to touch the Crimean issue. From today’s perspective, it will hardly be possible to achieve more in future negotiations. Nevertheless, the West thwarted this agreement – as it did the Minsk 2 agreements – and continues to prevent talks about an end to hostilities to this day.

What has followed since April 2022 does not reflect well on the West and its alleged interest in the peace and well-being of Ukraine. On the contrary, it is becoming clear that the West is cheering on the war and the escalation with all conceivable forces. The conclusion that the war in Ukraine is a proxy conflict between Russia and the collective West is supported by the historical events.

Because already during the ongoing negotiations from the end of February to the beginning of March 2022, the European Union (EU) promised the Kiev regime free arms supplies. After a meeting between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukrainian President Zelenskiy in early April, Ukraine “suddenly” withdrew from the agreement that was ready to be signed. Since then, the conflict has escalated continuously.

As early as May 2022, the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda wrote that Johnson’s surprise visit to Kyiv was primarily aimed at conveying two messages to Zelensky:

“The first is that Putin is a war criminal who needs to be pressured and is not someone to negotiate with. The second is that even if Ukraine is willing to sign agreements with Russia, the West is not be.”

Three days after Johnson’s departure from Kyiv, Putin publicly stated that the negotiations were currently at an impasse.

Since then, the conflict in Ukraine has been simmering on an ever-growing flame. The west turns the temperature higher and higher. Incidentally, without western financial and military support, the war would have been over long ago, because Ukraine has no means of waging this war any longer. One way or another, without Western interference in the negotiations and constant arms deliveries, peace would have reigned again long ago.

From the very beginning, Western politicians have been hiding behind an alleged “sovereignty” of Ukraine, which would ostensibly determine its own war goals. At the same time, this Ukraine was and is completely dependent on the West. For years it has been completely unbelievable that the West would give Ukraine a free hand in its decisions. All developments make it clear that the West wanted and still wants this war.

Progress after negotiations: "Russia has taken two steps towards Ukraine"

Western politicians – such as current German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) – claim against all facts that Russia rejects negotiations. The processes make it clear that Russia showed willingness to negotiate immediately after the start of the military special operation and was also very willing to compromise. Politicians like Baerbock are actively driving Ukraine into ruin, because the goals that numerous German and Western politicians are pursuing cannot be achieved.

Baerbock is allegedly aiming for a military victory for Ukraine over Russia with the Western arms deliveries, with the aim of helping Ukraine to gain a “good negotiating position”. This renewed German will for total war against Russia will foreseeably lead to the complete destruction, albeit of Ukraine.

The bizarre events that took place around the negotiations, the political intrigue mentioned above in connection with a public shooting for a reason that has now finally been revoked, mean three things: The West has no interest in peace in Ukraine and in Europe. The fate of Ukraine, the Ukrainians, is not of interest, because it is about sheer power and geopolitical influence. And most importantly, the West escalates with the aim of permanently tying Russia into the conflict and thus weakening or wearing it out.

Everything that happened after April 2022 – the destruction of Ukraine’s infrastructure, the referendums on the accession of the areas in south-eastern Ukraine to the Russian Federation, all the casualties that the conflict had cost after the breakdown of the peace negotiations – could have been avoided, if the West had not pushed for escalation. In view of the actual course of events, the horror of the Western media and Western politicians about the development in Ukraine, which is displayed to the public every day in the sense of their war propaganda, seems hypocritical and mendacious.

The EU "peace project" wants war in Ukraine

It is also becoming clear that a battle is also raging within Ukraine’s inner circle of power. For numerous political figures in Ukraine, their existence is directly linked to the war. They too have no interest in ending the war. At the same time, it shows how far Ukraine is from what is called the rule of law. An important negotiator is suspected of high treason and shot. After his innocence is established, nothing happens! Nobody will be held accountable. The process is so incredibly far removed from everything that the EU always claims to stand for and that Ukraine is said to be fighting for “on behalf of all of us”. No, even Ukraine has nothing to do with the hypocritical western values. Even sections of the Ukrainian elite have a vested interest in a long war, as it secures their lucrative posts, influence and feeds them.

Thirdly, it is also obvious that Russia has the military capability to keep up with the escalation steps of the West without any problems. Since the talks broke down in April, the West has been supplying arms to Ukraine on an unprecedented scale. This is accompanied by comprehensive sanctions which, among other things, are intended to weaken Russia’s economy in order to make it more difficult for Russia to finance the war. Both failed. Russia can still attack and destroy any location in Ukraine at any given time, without Ukraine having much to oppose. The arms deliveries have only led to an escalation of violence. Further shipments of arms merely continue this path of escalation. You won’t end it.

As current developments show, the West has no plan to exit the spiral of escalation that it has set in motion. The next goal is apparently to make Germany undeniably a war party by supplying Leopard 2 battle tanks and to force it into a conflict with Russia.

It is clear: the longer this war lasts, the more extensively Ukraine will be destroyed and the greater the damage and the dangers for Europe. The conflict has the potential to lead to the complete annihilation of Europe. There is therefore an urgent need to restore Ukraine to a state where it can participate in negotiations. Europe and the world urgently need politicians to reflect on how to stop the spiral of escalation. However, a look at the historical course to date also shows that everything that happened in Ukraine after April 2022 is the responsibility of the collective West, which has demonstrated its unyielding will to war by sabotaging the peace negotiations.

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On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would launch a special military operation in Ukraine together with the armed forces of the Donbass republics to protect the population there. The goals are to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine. Ukraine speaks of a war of aggression. On the same day, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy declared a state of war across the country.

The West condemned the attack, reacted with new deliveries of weapons, promised help with reconstruction and imposed sanctions on Russia.

Scores of soldiers and civilians have been killed on both sides of the conflict. Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of various war crimes. Thousands of Ukrainians have fled their homeland.

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