Despite Vladimir Putin’s assertion, peace talks are unlikely to happen in the near future.

Although there is clear evidence that Vladimir Putin has made misleading statements about being willing to negotiate peace with Ukraine in recent months, he continues to insist that the West and Kyiv are rejecting the notion that he is seeking to deceive them.

TASS reported that the Russian President repeated his desire to “negotiate with everyone involved in this process about acceptable solutions” days after saying he wanted the war to end.

Russia’s relentless attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, which have sought to eradicate the country’s power supply as winter sets in, are the latest in a string of assaults on its sovereignty that have lasted over a year and been masterminded by Vladimir Putin.