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Opinion
Therese Raphael

Why Ukraine Negotiations Are Both Futile and Necessary

Since 1945, the world order has been based on a simple, fundamental agreement: stable borders. Without that, everything else gets messier.

A woman with children walks in front of the Lviv train station.

A woman with children walks in front of the Lviv train station.

Photographer: DANIEL LEAL/AFP

Churchill famously said it is better to jaw-jaw than war-war, but as he himself reflected, that’s not always possible. 

While a ceasefire in Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine would be the answer to many prayers, there was no sign of it Monday. Ukrainian and Russian delegations ended five hours of negotiations without agreement. Russian forces heavily bombed the city of Kharkiv the whole time.