Has Ukraine Finally Given in to the Demands of Russia and Surrendered?

Abhi Thakur

Ukraine, which was more determined to join NATO since the Russian invasion began, is no longer aiming to join the organization.

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Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, said he is no longer insisting on joining NATO, which was the ultimate cause of Russia's attacking the country. He is also ready to discuss the status of Donetsk and Luhansk, the two pro-Russian territories that President Vladimir Putin recognized as independent.

"I have cooled down regarding this question a long time ago after we understood that ... NATO is not prepared to accept Ukraine," Zelensky said in an interview that aired on ABC News.

"The alliance is afraid of controversial things, and confrontation with Russia," the president added.

Citing to NATO membership, Zelensky said he does not want to be president of a "country which is begging something on its knees." 

So it seems that Ukraine is no longer trying to be a part of NATO. But does it mean Ukraine has finally surrendered to Russia?

Well, no. Ukraine though ready to talk with Russia is in no mood to give up. The country will continue to fight as long as it can.

Ukrainian diplomats, on the other hand, are in talks with Russian diplomats to halt the war. But that too doesn't seem possible yet.

As the war enters its third week, Russia and Ukraine, yet once again, have failed to halt the war after the high-level talk between the foreign ministers of the respective countries.

As long as the demands are not met, Russia will continue to attack Ukraine as indicated, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba after the meeting. “The broad narrative he conveyed to me is that they will continue their aggression until Ukraine meets their demands, and the least of these demands is surrender,” he said.

The point is Ukraine is ready to discuss things with Russia but the war doesn't seem to be stopping any time now. If Zelensky is prepared to talk, so should Putin. There's no way the world should witness another World War.

"This is another ultimatum and we are not prepared for ultimatums. What needs to be done is for President Putin to start talking, start the dialogue instead of living in the informational bubble without oxygen." — Zelensky

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