Ukraine-Russia border 'militarized zone’ floated for peace deal | Russia-Ukraine War News

The demilitarized zone should be 100-120 km wide, according to Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukraine’s presidential office.

A 100- to 120-kilometer-wide (62 to 75 miles) demilitarized zone should be established along Russia’s border with Ukraine as part of a post-war settlement, an adviser to Ukraine’s presidential office has said.

Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said the demilitarized zone should include the Russian regions of Belgorod, Bryansk, Kursk and Rostov to protect nearby territories in Ukraine.

„In order to ensure real security for the residents of Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Zaporizhia, Luhansk and Donetsk regions and protect them from shelling, it is necessary to introduce a 100-120 km demilitarization zone,” Podoliak wrote in a tweet on Monday.

Podoliak said such a zone, which cannot be used or occupied by military forces, would require „a mandatory international control panel in the first stage.”

A demilitarized zone should be a „key topic” of a post-war settlement, the presidential adviser, who has 1.2 million Twitter followers, said such a buffer would „prevent future recurrence of aggression.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross says there are detailed rules for Creation and recognition of demilitarized zones And this concept is not far removed from hospital zones and other areas considered neutral during conflicts.

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An aide to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that Ukraine is not interested in any ceasefire that locks in Russian territorial gains.

Chief diplomatic adviser Ihor Zhovkva pushed back against international peace efforts from China, Brazil, the Vatican and South Africa, saying the time for mediation with Moscow had passed.

“In this period of open warfare, we do not need any mediators. It is too late to mediate,” he said. „When you talk about the war in Ukraine, there cannot be a Brazilian peace plan, a Chinese peace plan, a South African peace plan,” Zovkva told Reuters in an interview.

Russia has said it is ready for peace talks with Kyiv, which have been stalled for months by the invasion. But Moscow insists any talks must be based on „new realities”, such as the recognition of the full or partial annexation of five Ukrainian provinces – a condition Kiev will not accept.

China has put forward a 12-point vision for peace, which calls for a ceasefire but does not condemn the invasion or force Russia to withdraw from occupied territories.

Beijing, which has close ties to Russia’s leadership, sent top diplomat Li Hui to Kyiv and Moscow this month to promote peace talks.

Zhovkva said the ambassador was briefed in detail on the battlefield, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the power grid and the transfer of Ukrainian children to Russia, which Kyiv says is a Russian war crime.

„He asked very carefully. There was no immediate answer… Let’s see. China is a smart country that understands its role in international affairs,” Zhovkva said.

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The Institute for War Studies, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., said on Monday that China’s Foreign Ministry denied a report in the Wall Street Journal newspaper that China’s special representative for Eurasian affairs urged European officials to try to end the war. Before the war in Ukraine escalates or consider recognizing Russian annexed territory in Ukraine.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning denied the report, adding that Ukraine was now at a „critical stage” and that China would continue to work with all parties to resolve the crisis.

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