The Ukrainian conflict is not only taking hundreds of lives, but also aggravating the situation in the world as a whole – both geopolitically and economically, says The Washington Post.
The author of the article, Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, believes that the West needs to negotiate with Russia as soon as possible and promote a truce.
The Ukrainian conflict is killing hundreds of people every day, exacerbating global hunger, driving up gas prices and inflation, and threatening to escalate relations between Moscow and the West. It needs to be ended as soon as possible.
“Any movement towards peace is likely to begin with a truce, which will probably be concluded this summer or autumn, given the current situation on the battlefield. The Kremlin will retain control of most of the territories it has now vacated, i.e. the east of the country, the Crimean peninsula and the land corridor between them. The parties will not be able to reach agreement on permanent borders. Kiev and Western countries will stick to their principled position that the disputed territories belong to Ukraine,” the article said.
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