According to Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, the withdrawal of Russian troops from the key Ukrainian city of Kherson creates an opportunity for peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.

According to General Milley, more than 100,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded in what has been a nearly nine-month-long invasion of neighboring Ukraine. He believes that Ukraine has lost an equal number of lives and injuries.

Milley cited the catastrophic results of World War I to illustrate his point about peace. Because the great powers neglected to negotiate earlier, millions of lives were lost, and conditions in several nations, including the Russian Empire, deteriorated.

The US defense chief’s statements offer a fresh perspective on US policy toward Ukraine, raising questions about whether Moscow and Kyiv will soon engage in peace talks. Furthermore, US and Russian officials have once again begun to communicate about Ukraine at a high level of security in the weeks prior to Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson.