Ukraine: Vladimir Putin says he does not plan new massive strikes

Ukraine: Vladimir Putin says he does not plan new massive strikes

Vladimir Putin wants to calm down. At a press conference following a regional summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Russian president assured that Russia “is not aiming to destroy Ukraine,” where it has been conducting an offensive since February 24. “There is no need for massive strikes in the immediate future. There are other targets at the moment. For now we’ll see,” he said, assuring that Russia is doing “exactly the right thing” in Ukraine.

“It’s not nice what’s happening now, but (if Russia hadn’t attacked Ukraine on February 24) we would have been in the same situation a little later, only the conditions would have been worse for us. So we’re doing everything right.” ‘ the Russian President continued.

Bombings that damaged electrical infrastructure

Russia carried out massive bombings in Ukrainian cities on Monday, damaging electrical infrastructure as well as residential areas and even a playground in Kyiv. These attacks came two days after the explosion on Russia’s Crimean Bridge, a key piece of infrastructure Vladimir Putin attributed to Ukrainian intelligence. Vladimir Putin also said on Friday that he does not foresee a new wave of mobilization of Russians in the army, but acknowledged that the current wave has failed.

Putin sees no “need” for talks with Biden

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he saw no point in holding talks with his American counterpart Joe Biden, even at the G20 summit planned for November in Indonesia. “I see no need for it, there is currently no negotiating platform,” he said at a press conference after a regional summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.

“We have to ask him whether he is willing to have such negotiations with me or not,” he said of the American president.

According to him, out of the planned 300,000, 222,000 men were recruited, of which 16,000 are already in “combat units”. “Otherwise nothing is planned. No proposals have been received from the Ministry of Defense and I don’t see a need for them in the foreseeable future,” Vladimir Putin told a news conference, adding that he predicted the end of the mobilization “in about two weeks”.

Putin ‘open’ to talks with Kyiv

“The front line is 1,100 km long, so it’s almost impossible to hold it solely with troops made up of contract soldiers,” the Russian president reasoned, while the announcement of the mobilization prompted tens of thousands of Russians to flee the country.

Vladimir Putin also said he was “open” to negotiations with Kyiv and to mediation by countries like Turkey or the United Arab Emirates, and criticized Kyiv for its refusal to start talks with him. The Russian President has admitted for the first time that Moscow’s partners in the former USSR are “concerned” about the conflict in Ukraine.

Reference: www.europe1.fr

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