Bottom line, neither Putin nor Zelensky can afford to sign a ceasefire/peace deal because of internal politics--though for each's foreign relations, they need to seem to be trying to.
Someone wants the Ukraine war to continue. Someone is trying to stall the peace process.
Ukraine's Refusal to "Denazify"
Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podoliak confirmed in a message posted to Twitter on Tuesday that "negotiations are ongoing" after the meeting was "paused" the day prior.
In an interview with Reuters, Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman for decades, made a startling offer. Moscow could end the Ukraine war immediately, said Peskov, if four conditions were met.
...Neighboring Countries. Foreign Minister issues appeal to West: "To those abroad scared of being 'dragged into WWIII'. Ukraine fights back successfully. We need you to help us fight."
-- Expect Signed Deal In "Next Few Days" While we saw as recently as Friday what happens when the market gets overly optimistic that a Ukraine ceasefire is imminent, only to get the rug pulled from underneath it just hours later ...
...on the Belarus border after Putin put his nuclear deterrent forces on 'alert', furious at 'aggressive NATO' and being ejected from Swift banking community