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Newsline: Antiwar voices call for diplomacy in Ukraine

Kyiv’s top diplomat told reporters that he had just three items on his agenda as he arrived in Brussels to meet with NATO allies: “Weapons, weapons and weapons.” “The more weapons we get, and the sooner they arrive in Ukraine, the more human lives will be saved,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. “This is my message to the allies. It’s very simple.” (https://www.salon.com/2022/04/08/antiwar-voices-call-for-diplomacy-in-ukraine-not-just-weapons-weapons-weapons_partner/) But Kuleba proceeded to acknowledge a tension that foreign policy analysts and peace advocates have been grappling with since Russia launched its attack on Ukraine at the end of February, an assault that has since killed thousands of civilians and sparked a large-scale humanitarian crisis. But antiwar voices have openly questioned the notion — expressed by Kuleba and others — that continuing to rush deadly weapons into a war zone will ultimately increase the likelihood of a diplomatic resolution, which Russia and Ukraine are both pursuing even as they accuse each other of heinous crimes and provocations. Observers have also charged the U.S. with not doing nearly enough to advance the ongoing peace talks.

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