March 21, 2023

Russia-Ukraine war may lead to a 6-month ceasefire, snowfall and cold become the main reason

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Washington: The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine may stop for a few months. According to a report in the American newspaper ‘The New York Times’, due to the onset of winter, Russia may postpone its military operation in Ukraine for 6 months. Rain and soft soil will slow the movement of Ukrainian and Russian troops in late November. According to the report, heavy snowfall and severe cold can slow down the operational speed of the armies of both the countries on the battlefield. “You’re already seeing that the bad weather in Ukraine has slowed down the conflict a bit,” the NYT quoted Colin Kahl, US Secretary of Defense Policy, as saying. In fact, this is happening because of the mud, which has made it difficult to attack on a large scale.

In the meantime, the forced pause in movement of troops is expected to enter a new phase of the conflict, the NYT report said. The Russian military will focus on attacks against Ukrainian infrastructure. Instead, the Ukrainian army is going to proceed with sabotage attacks on the lines of Russia. Seth Jones, vice president of the US Center for Strategic and International Studies, has mentioned this. The newspaper, quoting a US official, said Washington could significantly take advantage of the ceasefire in the winter to increase arms supplies to Kyiv. ‘The Washington Post’, citing people familiar with the matter, wrote, ‘This news comes after reports that the Biden administration is privately encouraging Kyiv to show readiness to negotiate with Russia. ‘

Russia began its military operation in Ukraine at the end of February this year. After that the mediation started. The final round of talks was held in Istanbul on March 29, but the talks have stalled despite UN efforts. According to the NYT, the US does not want Ukraine to initiate talks with Russia, but aims to ensure that Kyiv receives support from other countries. A US official told The Washington Post that Ukraine’s fatigue is a real thing for some of our allies. Concerns are rising in parts of Europe, Africa and Latin America as food and fuel prices are rising due to Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.

Earlier in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was still open to talks with Kyiv and asked Ukraine to stop hostilities. In return, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Kyiv was open to talks with Moscow, but that it would be possible only if another Russian president came to power. That is, he said that Ukraine would not participate in any kind of peace agreement with Russia under Vladimir Putin’s head of state. After this, the Kremlin responded that Moscow would wait for a change in the position of the current President of Ukraine or his successor. Let us tell you that in the war going on for 10 months, the armies of both the countries have suffered heavy loss of life and property. At the same time, several lakh people have had to be displaced from Ukraine.

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