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No Winners: War in Ukraine Must End

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been of great concern to the international community. It is critical to think about the possible effects of such a policy in light of the recent announcement of a US House resolution saying that it is US policy to desire a Ukrainian triumph over Russia.

Rep. Joe Wilson and Rep. Steve Cohen have co-sponsored a resolution that defines a Ukrainian triumph as the transfer of all Russian-controlled territory, including Crimea, to Kyiv. Although this resolution may show support for Ukraine, it's crucial to recognise that it might not be possible to achieve a Ukrainian triumph.

According to information purportedly provided by Airman Jack Teixeira, the Biden administration does not think Ukraine can win much ground during its counteroffensive. More recent predictions likewise do not anticipate much success for Ukraine. According to US intelligence, Ukraine simply lacks the capacity to drive Russian forces from their established positions. The same argument could be made about Russia. At best, it can only mitigate the extent of its defeat.

In spite of US evaluations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his top advisors insist that peace negotiations cannot begin until Russia is driven out of Crimea and the other areas it has occupied since beginning its invasion last year. Making support for these objectives US policy would ensure a protracted conflict and run the risk of an escalation that might result in a direct NATO-Russia conflict.

The humanitarian situation brought on by this conflict must also be taken into account. The necessity to put an end to the suffering of the Ukrainian people, who have been caught in the middle of this conflict, is not addressed in Rep. Wilson's resolution. To end the humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine and make sure that the population of Ukraine is not further harmed by the conflict, the West needs to hold negotiations with Russia.

Ukrainian attempts to recapture Crimea would cross a "red line" for Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The US should strive towards a diplomatic resolution that solves the humanitarian catastrophe and both Ukraine's and Russia's interests.

While Rep. Wilson's House resolution might show his support for Ukraine, working for a Ukrainian win might not be a possibility. The humanitarian issue in Ukraine needs to be addressed, and the US needs to work towards a diplomatic resolution that takes into account Russia's and Ukraine's concerns.

It is time for the West and Russia to start negotiations in order to put an end to the fighting and make sure the Ukrainian people are no longer affected by this situation.


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