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White House is open to Ukraine giving land to Russia to settle the war

Will Ukraine give up land to Russia to end the war?

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A machine gun emerges near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 26, 2022.

A machine gun emerges from under the Ukrainian flag on a front line position near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 26, 2022. With its aspirations for a quick victory dashed by a stiff Ukrainian resistance, Russia has increasingly focused on grinding down Ukraine’s military in the east in the hope of forcing Kyiv into surrendering part of the country’s eastern territory to end the war.

Efrem Lukatsky, Associated Press

The White House said Tuesday that Ukraine can decide for itself if it wants to give up land to Russia in order to end the war.

Driving the news: White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said Tuesday that it does not fully embrace the United Kingdom’s stance that Russian troops must leave, per the New York Post.

Flashback: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday that the U.K. won’t accept anything less than a full withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine, per Reuters.

What she said: “We are going to allow the Ukrainians to execute these negotiations. It’s not our role to begin the negotiation,” Bedingfield said, according to the New York Post.

  • “Again, our role is to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield, to try to strengthen Ukraine at the negotiating table by implying the sanctions and costs to Russia. But I’m not going to prejudge or pre-determine an outcome for that conversation.”


The bigger picture: Russia’s military said Tuesday that it would look to “dramatically reduce” attacks around Kyiv and Chernihiv, as I reported for the Deseret News.

What he said: “In fact, it is an attempt to create North and South Korea in Ukraine,” he said.