Ukraine counter-offensive won’t change Russia’s plans – Putin

Ukraine's recent counter-offensive will not change Russia's plans, Vladimir Putin has said in his first public comments on the matter.
Ukraine's recent counter-offensive will not change Russia's plans, Vladimir Putin has said in his first public comments on the matter.

In a quick counterattack, Ukrainian forces claim to have taken over 8,000 square kilometers (3,088 square miles) in the northeastern Kharkiv region in just six days.

However, Mr. Putin claimed he wasn’t in a rush, and the attack in the Donbass region of Ukraine is still on schedule.

Additionally, he pointed out that Russia has not yet sent out all of its forces.

“We’re continuing with our aggressive campaign in the Donbas. They are pushing forward, perhaps not very quickly, but they are steadily encroaching on more and more area “After a summit in Uzbekistan, he stated.

The invasion of Russia, which Mr. Putin erroneously argues is required to protect Russian-speakers from genocide, is centered on the industrial Donbas region in east Ukraine.

Since 2014, rebels supported by Russia have occupied portions of the Donbas. The current Ukrainian counterattack was conducted in the Kharkiv region, which is not a part of the Donbas.

In his remarks on Friday, Mr. Putin also made note of the fact that only a portion of the Russian army is engaged in combat in Ukraine and warned of a “more serious” retaliation if Ukrainian strikes persisted.

“I should point out that not the entire Russian army is engaged in battle. There is only a professional army at war.”

After stories of conscripts being forced to sign contracts and occasionally being taken hostage emerged, several officers were penalized by Russia, which had initially denied deploying conscript soldiers to Ukraine.

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Since the invasion in February, Mr. Putin has only occasionally left Russia. His attendance at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit this week in Samarkand, where he met Chinese President Xi Jinping, underscores the necessity for him to strengthen connections with Asian nations after being ignored by the West.

But even there, the invasion has caused anxiety among the authorities.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminded Russian President Vladimir Putin, “This is not the time for war.”

And the day before, Mr. Putin made a suggestion that Xi Jinping shared his disapproval.

Regarding the war, he informed the Chinese leader, “We understand your queries and worries.

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