Tuesday, March 29, 2022

I Think the Russians Just Figured it Out

3/29/22 Fox News:

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said Tuesday that his country has agreed to "reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv direction" in hopes of reaching an agreement aimed at ending the war in Ukraine....

The Russians realize that they are going to lose. 

Moscow appeared to walk back its imminent threat of deploying a nuclear weapon as Russia’s war in Ukraine rages on.

"No one is thinking about using — about even the idea of using a nuclear weapon," chief spokesman to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said in a Monday night interview with PBS. ...

The Ukrainian delegation to talks with Russia on Tuesday has laid out a possible framework for a future peace deal based on legally binding security guarantees that would provide for other countries to intervene if it is attacked, according to the Associated Press.

Delegate Oleksandr Chaly said the guarantees should be similar in character to NATO’s Article 5, which pledges members of the alliance to defend each other in case one is attacked.

The delegation said Ukraine is prepared to pledge to be neutral, not to host foreign military forces and to hold talks over the next 15 years on the future of the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. 

I do not think Ukraine needs NATO membership, although a nation that fights this well might be a net positive for NATO.

In any case, no foreign troops in Ukraine.  Sell them all the weapons they need to create a far more effective military; one that would crush the Russians one inch past the border.

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