< p>Russia continues to promote the idea of negotiations with Ukraine, however, dictator Vladimir Putin is not going to refuse to continue the war, and the desired «ceasefire» hopes to use to prepare for a new offensive in February-March 2023. This is what «Meduza« writes about.
According to the publication, Putin is really thinking about resuming negotiations, despite the refusal of Vladimir Zelensky to negotiate with him after the annexation of 4 regions of Ukraine. At the same time, Putin wants Russia to retain control over the territories in the Donbass, and «does not want to discuss Crimea at all». Sources close to the Kremlin said that these positions have not changed.
The interlocutors of the publication reported that the Russian authorities have developed a new «tactical option». It does not involve the conclusion of a full-fledged peace treaty, but the introduction of a temporary ceasefire. It is assumed that the corresponding agreement will be reached between the Ukrainian and Russian military, without involving the top officials of the states.
Probably, for the sake of this agreement, the Russian authorities are ready to withdraw troops from at least part of the occupied territory of the Kherson region.
«Now it is very difficult to keep Kherson, and the withdrawal of troops from the region can be made a gesture of goodwill and a step towards Ukraine», — one source said.
Sources «Medusa» stressed that Vladimir Putin is not going to abandon the continuation of the war – and hopes to use the possible ceasefire to prepare for a new offensive. According to his plan, during this time the Russian army will be able to prepare the mobilized Russians and somehow make up for the losses in equipment.
According to the plans of the Kremlin, a new full-scale offensive» may begin around February-March 2023.
- President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Russia is hiding behind negotiations to build up forces and re-attack.