REPORT: Russia Offers Terms of Surrender to Ukraine

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NBC’s Richard Engel reports that Russia has offered terms to Ukraine in return for Russia ceasing its military operations. According to Engel, Russia will end hostilities if Ukraine agrees to become a neutral state and will agree to forbid deployment of foreign weapons inside Ukraine.

There are any number of reasons that this may be happening. It could just be a head fake designed to bring diplomatic pressure to bear on Kyiv and remove some pressure from Moscow. It could indicate that the oligarchs are nervous about potential sanctions and want this adventure wound down. It is also possible that the Russians have simply overextended themselves and are facing a protracted conflict if Ukraine holds fast. What has struck me about this entire operation is the level of operational sophistication that the Russians are trying to showcase. The Russians are attacking over three widely separated axes of advance. Nothing we’ve seen of the Russian Army in the past thirty years would indicate that the Russian Army can sustain the logistics necessary for this ambitious plan.

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