Zelenskyy warns: Frozen conflicts remain active wars

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asserted that the term 'frozen conflict' does not diminish the ongoing severity of war, regardless of its pace or visibility.

"There will come a moment when all this will thaw for one reason or another. The occupier will always find an excuse," President Zelenskyy said.

He explained that Russia needs a pause to strengthen its position on the battlefield.

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"To understand where they lack. We know that. We have the same deficits, and we talk about it openly... They have more equipment than we do, but they also have deficits — they lack experienced soldiers, artillery shells, and missiles. Therefore, this pause will benefit them, certainly not us," Ukrainian President stated.

During the freezing of the conflict, the occupiers will become stronger, according to Zelenskyy. Then, as in the Normandy Agreements, the enemy will gain strength and might give an ultimatum — to recognize all occupied territories, stay out of NATO, abandon European integration, and more.

The President also reminded that in the occupied territories of Donbas, despite the absence of an active phase until 2022, Ukrainians still died from Russian attacks.

Is it possible to negotiate with Russia?

On May 24, Reuters reported that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is allegedly "ready to stop the war" against Ukraine and begin negotiations on a ceasefire, maintaining the current front lines. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba attributed these anonymous messages to Putin's attempt to disrupt the Ukrainian Peace Summit, fearing its success.

On May 27, President Zelenskyy urged people not to believe Putin's claims about the Kremlin's readiness for negotiations, emphasizing the importance of observing Russia's actions rather than the dictator's words.

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In January 2024, Andriy Yermak, head of the President's Office, stated that Ukraine would not agree to freezing the conflict and remains committed to liberating the occupied territories.

At a press conference on February 25, following the Ukraine Forum 2024, President Zelenskyy offered Putin a platform to accept Russia's defeat in the war against Ukraine.

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In a March 28 interview with CBS, Zelenskyy said that Putin would be ready for dialogue once he loses what he has occupied since 2022.

Russian media reported that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed after an interview with Putin that the Russian leader "told him off the record that he was ready to make a serious compromise on Ukraine." The Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security denied this, calling it misinformation.

72% of Ukrainians agree that Ukraine should also seek a diplomatic way to end the war with Russia, according to a study by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

On May 19, Putin reiterated Russia's readiness for peace negotiations with Ukraine, but only considering Russia's interests.

On June 15-16, 2024, Switzerland plans to hold a high-level conference on Ukraine's Peace Formula, with participation from 80 to 100 countries. Russia will not be present at this summit.

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