Ukraine, Russia Draw Up Proposals To End War. Kyiv Rejects Kremlin Proposals
KYIV - Ukraine and Russia are now reportedly drawing up plans to end the war with a 15 point peace plan, providing Ukraine agrees not to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and promises not to host foreign military weapons or bases on its territory in exchange for foreign protection from NATO allies such as the United States, United Kingdom and Turkey according to the Financial Times and other sources.
Both sides have said that they have made progress on the terms of the deal, but Ukrainian officials are yet skeptical, and worry that Russia could just be buying time in order to regroup its forces and then continue with its offensive.
Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov spoke to reporters and said that neutrality for Ukraine based on the status of Austria or Sweden is a possibility. "This option is really being discussed now, and is one that can be considered neutral" Peskov stated.
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said that "absolutely specific wordings" were "close to being agreed" on in negotiations.
*Update* - Kyiv has rejected the Russian proposal for Kyiv to become 'neutral' like Austria or Sweden after the Russian military allegedly 'shoot 10 dead in bread line'.
No other model besides solid 'security guarantees' according to Kyiv.