Yet the call for negotiations did not come from the Kremlin but from the Pentagon. General Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, voiced the appeal twice.
His Ukrainian counterpart, General Zaluzhnyi, made it immediately known (on Facebook) that "our objective is to liberate the whole Ukrainian land [...]. We will not stop on this way under any circumstances". Ukrainians certainly have every reason to believe that, at this stage, a lull in fighting would only serve to give Russia the time it needs to rebuild its offensive capabilities. Instead of loosening its grip, Kyiv wants to take advantage of the favorable momentum to prevent Russia from bouncing back.