Zelenskiy's 10-Point Peace Plan

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been actively promoting his 10-point peace plan, discussing it with the US President Joe Biden and other world leaders, and urging them to hold a Global Peace Summit based on the plan. In this article, we will take a closer look at Zelenskiy's peace plan and the world's response to it.

What is Zelenskiy's 10-point peace plan?

  • Radiation and nuclear safety: The plan focuses on restoring safety around Europe's largest nuclear power plant, the Zaporizhzhia plant in Ukraine, which is currently occupied by Russia.
  • Food security: The plan aims to protect and ensure Ukraine's grain exports to the world's poorest nations.
  • Energy security: The plan focuses on price restrictions on Russian energy resources, as well as aiding Ukraine in restoring its power infrastructure, which has been damaged by Russian attacks.
  • Release of all prisoners and deportees: The plan calls for the release of all prisoners, including war prisoners and children deported to Russia.
  • Restoring Ukraine's territorial integrity: The plan calls for Russia to reaffirm Ukraine's territorial integrity according to the UN Charter, which Zelenskiy has stated is "not up for negotiation."
  • Withdrawal of Russian troops and cessation of hostilities: The plan calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops and the restoration of Ukraine's state borders with Russia.
  • Justice: The plan calls for the establishment of a special tribunal to prosecute Russian war crimes.
  • Ecocide and protection of the environment: The plan focuses on demining and restoring water treatment facilities.
  • Prevention of escalation of conflict: The plan calls for the building of a security architecture in the Euro-Atlantic space, including guarantees for Ukraine.
  • Confirmation of the war's end: The plan calls for a document to be signed by the involved parties, confirming the end of the war.

What is Zelenskiy's global peace summit proposal?

In December, Zelenskiy urged the leaders of the Group of Seven nations to support his Global Peace Summit idea, which would focus on the peace plan "as a whole or some specific points in particular."

What has been the world's response to Zelenskiy's peace plan?

  • Russia rejected Zelenskiy's peace proposal this month and Moscow has reiterated that it will not give up any territory it has taken by force, around a fifth of Ukraine, which it claims it has annexed.
  • Zelenskiy has presented his plan to leaders including Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose country has assumed the G20 presidency. The Western world has provided billions of dollars in support for Ukraine's military, led by the US, and nations have rushed to help Kyiv with demining and fixing power infrastructure. However, the response to Zelenskiy's peace plan and his proposed peace summit has been more cautious.
  • During Zelenskiy's visit to Washington on December 22, Biden said in public remarks that he and Zelenskiy "share the exact same vision" for peace and that the US is committed to ensuring that Ukraine can defend itself. The G7 leaders stated that they are committed to bringing peace to Ukraine "in line with its rights enshrined in the UN Charter."
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the chances for any peace talks are small at the moment. "I do believe that the military confrontation will continue, and I think we'll have to wait for a moment in which serious negotiations for peace will be possible," he said in late December.

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