In Ukraine war, talking about peace is a fight of its own

A Leopard 2 tank operated by Ukrainian soldiers during a demonstration at a military base in Swietoszow, Poland, Feb. 13, 2023. The soldiers began training on advanced Western tanks three weeks ago. Poland’s president says the tanks will be crucial to Ukraine’s war efforts. (Maciek Nabrdalik/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — As the fight in Ukraine has dragged on for the past year, another battle has unfolded in parallel: a war of words between Russia and the West over who is more interested in ending the conflict peacefully.