Putin Rejects Ceasefire Negotiations, Demands Ukraine's Demilitarization

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jul.05 - 2024 1:34 PM CET

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Putin's approach effectively demands Ukraine's surrender

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Vladimir Putin's recent stance on ceasefire negotiations has intensified tensions in the ongoing conflict with Ukraine, highlighting his uncompromising demand for Ukraine's "irreversible" demilitarization as a precondition for any potential agreement.

Demands Surrender

According to military experts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Putin's approach effectively demands Ukraine's surrender before discussing any ceasefire terms.

At the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, held on July 4, Putin unequivocally dismissed prospects for ceasefire negotiations.

Instead, he presented Western countries as probable negotiating partners to pressure them into making concessions on Ukraine's sovereignty.

Despite this, he rejected all mediators in the Ukraine-Russia agreement, including the Ukrainian Parliament, which he previously deemed the only legitimate body for negotiations.

Sidelines International Mediation Efforts

Putin's categorical rejection of Ukraine's governmental institutions as legitimate negotiating partners underscores his strategy to sideline international mediation efforts.

His insistence on Ukraine's demilitarization before a ceasefire reveals his intent to ensure Ukrainian forces cannot regroup during any pause in hostilities.

The ISW analysts suggest that Russia might exploit a ceasefire agreement to rebuild and reinforce its military capabilities for future aggression against Ukraine.

This strategy aligns with Putin's confidence in achieving victory through continued military advances and his willingness to engage in prolonged conflict.

Putin's uncompromising stance indicates a belief that Russia can sustain a war of attrition, betting on outlasting Ukraine's military capabilities.