A number of officials in the White House are increasingly doubtful that Ukraine will ever be able to regain control of the territories lost since the beginning of the Russian special operation, CNN reported, citing sources.
According to him, advisers to US President Joe Biden are discussing whether there is a need for Ukraine to recognize territorial concessions in order to end the conflict as soon as possible. However, Washington does not intend to put pressure on Kyiv in this matter, the channel's sources noted.
One of the sides of CNN considers the reduction of the territory of Ukraine not inevitable. The ability to regain the lost regions depends to a large extent, if not entirely, on the support Washington provides to Kyiv, he said. So, according to the source, Ukraine asked the United States for 48 multiple rocket launchers, and the Pentagon at the moment promised only eight.
Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24. By June 28, the Russian military and forces of the DPR and LPR control the Kherson region, most of the Zaporozhye region, part of the Kharkiv region, almost all of the Lugansk region, with the exception of Lisichansk, and part of the Donetsk region.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the return of territories lost after February 24 a condition under which Ukraine would return to negotiations. The Kremlin, in turn, noted that peace with Ukraine is possible if it fulfills Russian demands. Thus, the goals of the special operation, Russian President Vladimir Putin, announced the "denazification" and "demilitarization" of the neighboring state, as well as the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass from "genocide". After negotiations in Istanbul, an agreement was reached that Kyiv refuses to return the Crimea and Donbass by force, but then, as Putin noted, Ukraine moved away from these agreements.
Over the past month, a number of politicians - both Western, in particular British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Ukrainian - have begun to notice "fatigue" from the ongoing conflict and its consequences. According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, a number of countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East offered Kyiv to stop resisting Russian forces so that Ukrainian ports would be unblocked and grain exports would continue. The minister himself called this initiative "an unthinkable proposal."