I’m very puzzled by people who keep saying that Zelensky should negotiate for peace with Russia. Not only did Russia at no point express any intention to withdraw its troops, Ukraine is not an autocracy. It’s a democratic country, which is what caused the war in the first place. Zelensky was elected to do the will of the people. Does anybody still remember what that means? He can’t just choose to negotiate if he has no mandate for it. There’s zero support in Ukraine for negotiations with Russia. Zelensky will not remain president if he decides to thwart the will of the people so blatantly.
There’s a million people fighting on the frontlines in Ukraine. And they are winning. How does anybody imagine that one person can tell them to admit defeat and go home? Why would they listen?
Sovereignty, democracy, agency and self-respect still have meaning to some people. To some countries, even. Especially the countries that want to remain countries and not turn into some global blob of isolated, brainwashed robots.