Indonesia’s defence minister proposed a plan Saturday to end the war between Russia and Ukraine at a defence summit in Singapore, an initiative that drew quick criticism from attendees.

“I call on Russia and Ukraine to embark on an immediate cessation of hostilities,” Prabowo Subianto said, noting that the more than 15-month conflict had a severe impact on Asian nations’ economies and food supplies.

In a speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue defence summit, Subianto proposed a ceasefire “at present positions”, and demilitarised zones that would be guaranteed by observers and United Nations peacekeeping forces.

He also suggested an eventual “referendum in the disputed areas” organised by the UN.

“Indonesia is prepared to contribute units to a potential UN peacekeeping operation,” he added.

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Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov, who was attending the two-day summit, flatly rejected the proposal.

"It sounds like a Russian plan, not Indonesian plan," he said. "We don't need this mediator coming to us (with) this strange plan."

China has presented its own peace plan to end the war -- a vague list of proposals to which European Union politicians have reacted with scepticism.

While Beijing says it is a neutral party to the conflict, it has been criticised for refusing to condemn Moscow’s invasion.

In contrast, the United States and Western allies have delivered billions of dollars in weapons and other aid to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion.

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In response to Russia's armed aggression Ukraine, once the world's breadbasket, has had to focus more on reinforcing it military arsenal along with most countries in the West.

Jakarta, which favours non-aligned diplomacy, had previously attempted to mediate peace.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo travelled to Kyiv and Moscow and met the nations’ leaders last year, while his country chaired the G20 bloc of major economies.

But defence chief Subianto’s proposal was criticised at the summit on Saturday, with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell saying peace in Ukraine had to be achieved on “just” terms.

“We need to bring peace to Ukraine”, but it must be a “just peace, not a peace of surrender,” Borrell said, commenting on the Indonesian proposal.

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Subianto responded, raising his voice: “Ask Indonesians how many times they have been invaded... There are violations of sovereignty not only in Europe.”

“I’m putting forward a conflict resolution plan,” he added. “I’m not saying who is right or who is wrong.”

Indonesia voted in favour of a UN resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but it has not applied economic sanctions against Moscow.

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E A Morgan-Coakle
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This plan would need to be preceded by a complete Russian withdrawal from all Ukrainian territory.
Then a full disarmament of all the occupied territories.
In effect a return to the 2013 boarders.
A UN peacekeeping force would then keep the peace.

P.S. a moderator is needed for these comments may of which are offensive.

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Pavov
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Here's my 5 point plan #1 leave Ukraine #2 return the children #3 pay for war crimes #4 go to hell #5 All Ukrainian war prisoners returned

Pavov
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@Pavov, see anyone can have a peace plan simple. Not so not so simple.

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Joseph Swanson
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“referendum in the disputed areas”
NO! No referendums. That would be blatant disrespect and violation of our laws and national sovereignty.
Note to any and all:
Kindly stay out of Ukrainian affairs if one does not understand the current war and the history surrounding it and proving one's lack of knowledge and understanding by proposing ridiculous ideas...in the end, one will only prove they are ignorant, a kremlin puppet or an ignorant kremlin puppet.
Thank you.

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