Russian President Vladimir Putin visited wounded Russian soldiers in Ukraine on Wednesday for the first time, three months after launching an offensive against his neighbour.
According to images broadcast on Russian television, Mr Putin, dressed in a white coat, exchanged with several soldiers, taking an interest in his native cities and his family situation. Soldiers stood by their beds and their injuries were not apparent. Addressing a soldier in blue and white striped pajamas, the President said that his nine-month-old son “Dad would be proud”, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was also present.
Russia communicates little about the human toll of the conflict in Ukraine. The latest figures were released on March 25, and at that time the Russian military acknowledged 1,351 soldiers killed and 3,825 wounded. The presidential spokesman previously indicated that the visit, as the offensive in Ukraine enters its fourth month, does not indicate “A new step”. ,their schedule just allows them to visit in person”, said Dmitry Peskov.
Russia says its attack against Ukraine, launched on February 24, is aimed at protecting the Russian-speaking population from genocide and “Condemn” Country. Officials also assured that it was going according to plan, even as in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance, Moscow abandoned its invasion of Kyiv in late March and focused its operations in the east.
Despite three months of fierce fighting, the Russian army advanced with great difficulty, suggesting a protracted conflict. Russia’s defense minister and the secretary of Russia’s powerful Security Council both indicated on Tuesday that Moscow will have to fight a long battle in Ukraine to achieve its intervention goals.
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