On Tuesday, Russia rejected a peace proposal from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that called for the withdrawal of Russian forces, claiming that Kyiv had to come to terms with new territorial “realities.”
According to Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, these realities include Russia’s annexation of four areas of Ukraine, which it announced in September but which the majority of UN member states have denounced as unlawful.
Zelenskiy pleaded with G7 leaders on Monday to support his proposal of holding a special Global Peace Summit in response to Ukraine’s demands that Russia cease its attacks and withdraw from all of the area it has occupied.
The summit would be centered on carrying out Kyiv’s 10-point peace plan, which demands, among other things, that Russia withdraw all of its soldiers from Ukraine and that Kyiv make no territorial compromises.
In his weekly video address on Monday, Zelenskiy stated, “No matter what the aggressor intends to do, when the world is truly united,