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UN Chief Joins Chorus Of Western Officials Saying 'No Chance' Of Ukraine-Russia Peace Deal Anytime Soon

Even as Russia’s foreign ministry confirmed that its Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov held a rare meeting with Washington’s ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan to “discuss bilateral issues” – though with no further details given – multiple statements from top officials of the past two days suggest things still look dire for the Ukraine conflict, for at least the near future.

First, in testimony given before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, US National Intelligence Director Avril Haines said that she sees a protracted conflict unfolding with the unlikelihood of an offramp in the form of negotiations or compromise by either side. “As both Russia and Ukraine believe they can continue to make progress militarily, we do not see a viable negotiating path forward, at least in the short term,” Haines said. She added, “Even if they are successful, we are not confident the fight in Donbas will effectively end

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