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US-Europe Divisions Could Prolong Ukraine Crisis

Updated: May 28, 2023



The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has been a point of concern between the West and Russia. Regardless of any successes or setbacks on the battlefield, this conflict needs to be resolved through negotiations.


News reports suggest that leaders in Washington and Europe disagree on how to handle the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. This difference is mostly the result of divergent viewpoints on how the conflict should develop and whether Ukraine should engage in further combat or hold peace negotiations.


Washington's discussion of ending the war in Ukraine has become amorphous and paradoxical. On the same fictitious result, there are opposing arguments. Some government representatives contend that it is time for negotiations if Ukraine achieves significant progress, while others contend that Ukraine should put diplomacy on hold and continue to fight. This disarray emphasises the demand for a distinct, cohesive strategy to resolve the issue.


The Biden administration thinks that retaking as much territory as possible before engaging with Putin is the best strategy for empowering Ukraine. This stance could lead to an endless war, though, as senior American officials warn that it is unlikely for Ukraine to retake lost territory. Russia might easily decide to launch a broader mass mobilisation in order to partially restore its military might.


In case the counteroffensive is unsuccessful, Western authorities are divided over what to do next. If Ukraine is unable to take major territory, some US and European officials may try to encourage Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky towards a negotiated settlement. However, several government representatives and analysts in Washington advise against such ideas.


Western officials are adamantly opposed to any ceasefire in the near term because they fear that the Kremlin will use the appearance of negotiations to solidify its territorial gains. Kiev is ready for the likelihood that the upcoming attack does not succeed in regaining a sizable amount of territory, even though the West is still committed to supporting the Ukrainian war machine.


An enormous number of people have been displaced and thousands of lives have been lost as a result of the war in Ukraine. It is time for negotiations to put a stop to this fight, regardless of any successes or defeats on the battlefield.


Officials in Washington and Europe are now divided, which emphasises the necessity for a clear, coordinated strategy to end the war that takes into account the needs and preferences of both Russia and Ukraine. The only way to bring about a sustainable peace is via negotiation.


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