Why Did US Torpedo April Ukraine War Negotiated Settlement?

Most Americans are unaware how close Russia and Ukraine came to ending the current war in April.

Last March 27, Ukraine president Zelensky told his people "Our goal is obvious – peace and the restoration of normal life in our native state as soon as possible."

He was hinting at what went unsaid: Ukraine and Russia, brokered by NATO member Turkey, reached a tentative fifteen-point peace plan to end the month old war. Key points were Russia withdraw from all Ukraine except for breakaway Donbas and Crimea. Ukraine would pass on future NATO membership, pledging neutrality between Russia and NATO. Donbas and Crimea would undergo political transition based on self-determination to be recognized by both combatants. Ukraine security would be guaranteed by neighboring countries but no foreign troops would enter Ukraine.

What’s not to like?

For the US weapons makers, the end to a weapons manufacturing boondoggle. That $60 billion in free weaponry to Ukraine fighters has depleted our ammo dumps.

For the US military, the end to a new perpetual war, albeit a proxy one, to relieve the boredom of peace.

For the political class, the end to the new Cold War with Russia to weaken, marginalize, and keep them from economic integration with Europe.

So on April 9, Uncle Sam sent Boris Johnson, the latest version of America’s British Prime Minister poodle, to Kiev, to school Zelensky on who’s running the war. The UK, Johnson advised "was in it for the long run,” would not be party to any Ukraine, Russian agreement since the "collective West" saw a chance to "press" Russia and make the most of it. Johnson cannot be accused of subtlety.

Two weeks later, the US sent Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to Kyiv to reinforce Johnson’s warning and make clear the US and NATO were determined to use the war to "weaken" Russia. NATO ally Turkey has blamed the US and UK for sabotaging a promising chance to end the war early on.

When it comes to provoking, preventing and prolonging senseless war, America always fails the test of peace. Getting back to the question posed: Why did the US torpedo the April Ukraine war negotiated settlement?

Because we can.

Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.

55 thoughts on “Why Did US Torpedo April Ukraine War Negotiated Settlement?”

  1. Total blunder by the West, as things are shaping up it looks like Russia is going to be defeated by spending a 20 billion or so on supporting the competent soldiers of the Ukraine. So what exactly does that do to the weapons industry generations long grift where we spend almost a trillion a year on defense? This victory was embarrassingly simple. Now if instead a settlement could have been reached, a still dangerous wolf would be at the gates and we would need to defend against it. A dead chihuahua not so much

    1. There is zero evidence Russia is about to be defeated. Assuming we can trust the media, then there has been a set back. Every war has it’s ups and downs but the inferior Ukrainian AF without air superiority will be defeated. US and EU aid is simply killing more Ukrainians.

      1. Russian mil-bloggers seem a bit bummed today as well. There is some evidence that things aren’t going great for Russia, time will tell.

        1. Russian mil-bloggers aren’t running the war. What counts is what the Russian military command decides to do.

          1. Well right now it seems they have decided to cede large amounts of territory and to abandon large amounts of equipment. Some kind of Russian Jedi mind trick no doubt.

          2. This war isn’t over, Jedi mind tricks or not. If you examine the history of wars, there is always a degree of back and forth, success and failure. This situation maybe more like the German operation “Wacht am Rhein” for the Ukrainians, which looked like a blazing success in its first week but didn’t give Germany victory. Ukraine is in this war a 100%. Russia has only committed a fraction of its power to this. You should meditate on that.

          3. The big economies tend to win. In the end it is about how much steel and gunpowder you can bring to the party. These days of course you have to account for electronics and accuracy as well. Russia has lost the Ukraine they are fighting the economy of the EU plus the USA with Australia thrown in for good measure.

          4. In the long run, true, the big economies have the advantage, if the will to fight remains to stay the course. But it didn’t prove advantageous for the US in Vietnam. As for what the state of the European economies will be like in twelve months, well … Germany is shutting down its steel plants for lack of affordable gas. The US economy, again, what will it be like in twelve months? Critical materials, due to sanctions, may not be available as their source is China or Russia. Its not a sure thing for America against Russia. But time will tell.

          5. Sure the invader is at a disadvantage as well, so who would that be in this scenario? Looks like the Russian troops cut off in Kherson are about to surrender. I wonder what part of Putins plan that is.

          6. No surrender in Kherson by Russian forces is in the offing. A diet of Western/Ukrainian propaganda is not good for the mind.

      2. ‘We have already lost’: far-right Russian bloggers slam military failures
        Military pro-war bloggers with frontline contacts offer rare insight into Russia’s performance on ground
        Pjotr Sauer
        Thu 8 Sep 2022 08.35 EDT

        “The war in Ukraine will continue until the complete defeat of Russia,” Igor Girkin, a far-right nationalist, grumbled in a video address to his 430,000 followers on Telegram on Monday. “We have already lost, the rest is just a matter of time.”

        Girkin, a former Russian intelligence colonel who became a commander of the pro-Russian separatist forces in 2014, is arguably the most prominent voice within an increasingly loud and angry group of ultra-nationalist and pro-war bloggers who have taken to berating the Kremlin for its failure to achieve its tactical objectives as the fighting in Ukraine has entered its seventh month.

  2. A few reasons come to mind…

    Stopping Germany/Russia economical/political ties to be better (The USofT cannot allow these two countries to have good relations)

    For the MIC that is the perfect PROFIT substitute for Afghanistan

    And destroying European Industry and Societies also favors the USofT when it comes to the Fall of “Empires”, and in this case Europe is just as an Enemy as Russia and China.

  3. I don’t see any reference in your blog posts for April or May 2022 to this negotiated settlement. Did I miss it? Or did you just manufacture this recently?

    Regardless, Ukraine shouldn’t cede any territory to Russia and should demand withdrawal to the pre-2014 borders before any possible negotiations ensue. They should also demand that Russia pay for ALL damages incurred due to its war. That means not only infrastructure damages but also human pain and suffering for the entire population of Ukraine.

    P.S. It would be helpful if you ordered your blog entries with the latest at the top. D’oh.

    1. He says it was in an article in Foreign Affairs by Fiona Hill and Angela Stent in an August 2022 blog post.

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  5. As usual and as always, the Zionist one world government war mongers get their way. They hate a Christian Russia. It is their last obstacle to their goal of world domination.

  6. The same reason same people also refused to find peace with ww2 Germany who requested. They want to kill millions of white christians and make money and attain more power.

  7. Aug 30, 2022 US sends Ukraine $228 million per day in military aid to wage proxy war on Russia

    The Joe Biden administration pledged Ukraine $39.87 billion in military aid between February and August 2022, for an average of $228 million per day, fueling a brutal proxy war causing tens of thousands of deaths.


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