Putin open to Ukraine ceasefire with conditions: Reuters report

There was no confirmation but also no denial. Vladimir Putin visiting one of his few allies Friday. Belarus said there is a need for peace talks with Ukraine. But he added that they should reflect realities on the ground. What that likely refers to are the front lines in eastern Ukraine. According to a Reuters report, four sources close to Putin say he is willing to, quote, freeze the war. That would be on the condition he keeps what his troops have taken. Right now, Russia controls about 18% of Ukrainian territory. It is fighting to take more. Now, the first question about this potential Putin proposal is whether it's real. Well, a report citing multiple Kremlin sources, even anonymously, isn't likely to have come out of the Kremlin without Putin's approval. The University of Toronto's Oral Braun, it's it's highly unlikely this is Pushin's regime. It is very tightly controlled. The other question is motivation. The proposal could be a trial balloon to feel things out. It could also be a way of putting pressure on Ukraine and the West to play on growing fatigue with the war. But an agreement at this point would leave Russia isolated and impoverished and Putin with perhaps only one accomplishment. If Vladimir Putin is focused only on one thing, that is staying in power and protecting absolute power. Then he has been successful. Putin. The Ukrainian president, in his weekly statement Friday said Putin is trying to disrupt an upcoming peace summit any way he can. About 70 countries are set to meet next month. In Switzerland, that will include Prime Minister Trudeau. China has been invited, Russia has not Mike Armstrong, Global News, Montreal.

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