Blinken warns Ukraine cease-fire now would result in ‘Potemkin peace,’ legitimizing Russian invasion

Local residents get free meals from volunteers against the background of their apartment house, damaged in the Russian rocket attack, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Friday, June 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the United States and its allies should not support a cease-fire or peace talks to end the war in Ukraine until Kyiv gains strength and can negotiate on its own terms.