Ukraine accuses Russia of offering a Korean-style peace deal


Head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Aleksey Danilov. Photo/REUTERS

KIEVRussia wants to impose a truce that will divide Ukrainian lands, similar to how the Korean peninsula is divided today.

The head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Aleksey Danilov, was quoted in state media.

His remarks came after Moscow reiterated that peace talks would be possible if Kiev recognized the new Russian territory.

“Currently they are offering us the Korean option. On the one hand we will have some Ukrainians, and on the other hand we will have several Ukrainians,” Danilov said in a TV interview on Sunday (8/1/2023), according to Ukraine news channel TSN .

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The Korean War of 1950-53 ended with an armistice that established the 38th parallel as the de facto border between North Korea (North Korea) and South Korea (South Korea).

“I know for sure that one of the options they could offer us is the ’38th parallel’,” Danilov said.

He said: “Deputy head of the Russian presidential administration Dmitry Kozak spoke to European Union (EU) politicians and conveyed the message that they are ready for many concessions to recognize the status quo and force us into some sort of cease fire”.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine in late February, citing the need to protect the population of Donbass.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky unveiled a “peace formula” in September, insisting a resolution to the conflict is possible only if Moscow cedes all newly reunited territories.

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