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.

To a complete withdrawal of Russian troops from its territory, Ukraine demands reparations and punishment for war criminals. Because Zelensky himself signed a decree prohibiting him from talking to Putin, Kyiv’s position is essentially a demand for regime change in Russia as a prerequisite for negotiations.

Moscow has long given up on its earlier objective of overthrowing the Ukrainian government and is now officially committed to engaging in dialogue without preconditions.

From the Ukrainian perspective, negotiations are a way for Russia to buy time when the Ukrainian army has seized the initiative on the frontline and liberated Ukrainian territory.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin Prepared to negotiate?

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
(Source: President Of Ukraine/Flickr)

Would establishing a dialogue have an effect on their administrations?