Ukraine war could end by May

Credit: Ukrainian Ministry of Defence

The Ukraine war could end by early May an adviser to the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff, has said.

Oleksiy Arestovich said: “I think that no later than in May, early May, we should have a peace agreement, maybe much earlier, we will see, I am talking about the latest possible dates”.

Speaking in a video published by Ukrainian media, Arestovich said the exact timing would depend on how much resources the Kremlin was willing to commit to the campaign, Reuters reported.

“We are at a fork in the road now: there will either be a peace deal struck very quickly, within a week or two, with troop withdrawal and everything, or there will be an attempt to scrape together some, say, Syrians for a round two and, when we grind them too, an agreement by mid-April or late April,” Arestovich said.

However his upbeat assessment cautioned of a “completely crazy” scenario where Russia could send fresh conscripts into the conflict zone after a month of training.

The prospect of low-level tactical clashes continuing for up to a year after any peace agreement is hammered out remains a possibility Arestovich added.

Talks between Kyiv and Moscow – in which Arestovich is not personally involved – have to date floundered with only several humanitarian corridors being agreed on out of besieged Ukrainian cities.

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