The war between Russia and Ukraine is far from over. However, a new development could mean the beginning of the end.
A meeting between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators has yielded a potential path to end the war, the Washington Times reported. Russia has agreed to curtail military activities near the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv.
The peace talks took place Tuesday in Instanbul and signaled the first move toward a ceasefire since the conflict began last month. However, Russian forces are still advancing in other parts of Ukraine, which has caused President Joe Biden to remain cautious.
“We’ll see,” Biden said of the promise that also included decreased military aggression in Chernihiv. “I don’t read anything into it until I see what their actions are,” the president said.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed a similar sentiment, warning Russia could be trying to “deceive people” and divert the world’s attention as they attempt their next strike. “There is what Russia says, and there is what Russia does, and we’re focused on the latter,” he told the press from Morocco Tuesday.
“And what Russia is doing is the continued brutalization of Ukraine,” Blinken added. Still, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy could meet soon to discuss the particular terms of ending the war, including a promise not to join NATO.
However, Zelenskyy also understands that Putin is unpredictable. “We can say the signals we are receiving from the talks are positive, but they do not drown out the explosions of Russian shells,” Zeleneskyy said. “The Russian army still has significant potential to continue attacks against our state. Therefore, we are not reducing our defensive efforts.”
The invasion of Ukraine has had a ripple effect throughout the world. A swift end to the conflict seems to be in everyone’s best interest, though it’s unclear whether Putin realizes that.