Putin Offers Ceasefire Deal Recognizing Current Battlefield Lines, Media Claims

I’m not sure I believe Putin said this in these terms.

But… Russia is pretty sick of the war, despite the fact that they’re winning, and just doing a deal and ending the shit would definitely be viewed as a good option.

I mean, they already won all the territory they were claiming, plus some.


Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to halt the war in Ukraine with a negotiated ceasefire that recognises the current battlefield lines, four Russian sources told Reuters, saying he is prepared to fight on if Kyiv and the West do not respond.

Three of the sources, familiar with discussions in Putin’s entourage, said the veteran Russian leader had expressed frustration to a small group of advisers about what he views as Western-backed attempts to stymie negotiations and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s decision to rule out talks.

Putin can fight for as long as it takes, but Putin is also ready for a ceasefire – to freeze the war,” said another of the four, a senior Russian source who has worked with Putin and has knowledge of top level conversations in the Kremlin.

He, like the others cited in this story, spoke on condition of anonymity given the matter’s sensitivity.

For this account, Reuters spoke to a total of five people who work with or have worked with Putin at a senior level in the political and business worlds. The fifth source did not comment on freezing the war at the current frontlines.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in response to a request for comment, said the Kremlin chief had repeatedly made clear Russia was open to dialogue to achieve its goals, saying the country did not want “eternal war.”

Ukraine’s foreign and defence ministries did not respond to questions.

A guide stands next to a German-manufactured Leopard tank at an exhibition displaying vehicles and equipment captured by the Russian army from the Ukraine’s forces.

Zelenskiy has repeatedly said peace on Putin’s terms is a non-starter. He has vowed to retake lost territory, including Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. He signed a decree in 2022 that formally declared any talks with Putin “impossible.”

Russian army servicemen drive a tank on a street in Donetsk.

Putin’s insistence on locking in any battlefield gains in a deal is non-negotiable, all of the sources suggested.

Putin would, however, be ready to settle for what land he has now and freeze the conflict at the current front lines, four of the sources said.

“Putin will say that we won, that NATO attacked us and we kept our sovereignty, that we have a land corridor to Crimea, which is true,” one of them said, giving their own analysis.

Freezing the conflict along current lines would leave Russia in possession of substantial chunks of four Ukrainian regions he formally incorporated into Russia in September 2022, but without full control of any of them.

Such an arrangement would fall short of the goals Moscow set for itself at the time, when it said the four of Ukraine’s regions – Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson – now belonged to it in their entirety.

Peskov said that there could be no question of handing back the four regions which were now permanently part of Russia according to its own constitution.

Yeah, no way anything is getting handed back.

And it would be nice to take Kharkov and Odessa.

But with the threats of a real NATO invasion ramping up… it might be worth it to just call it a day, if the US would allow it.

The problem is, there’s zero chance the US is going to allow it. Their policy is “to the last Ukrainian.” They do not care if every single person in the Ukraine dies, so they just don’t see any reason to end it until the Ukraine government actually collapses.

It’s crazy it hasn’t collapsed yet. But it hasn’t.