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Putin says extra ‘large’ strikes towards Ukraine not crucial ‘for now’

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But he stated Russia is “doing everything right” in Ukraine — regardless of a failed try to topple the federal government and weeks of territorial losses.

But he stated Russia is “doing everything right” in Ukraine — regardless of a failed try to topple the federal government and weeks of territorial losses.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated Friday that he doesn’t plan extra “massive” strikes towards Ukraine “for now” and that the Kremlin’s goal was to not “destroy” the pro-Western nation.

“There is no need now for massive strikes. There are other tasks. For now. And then it will be clear,” Mr. Putin advised reporters following a summit of ex-Soviet nations in Kazakhstan. “We do not set ourselves the task of destroying Ukraine.”

He spoke days after Russia unleashed a wave of missile strikes throughout Ukraine, together with on the capital Kyiv.

Mr. Putin, who despatched troops to Ukraine on February 24, is dealing with growing isolation and criticism even from allies.

But he stated Russia is “doing everything right” in Ukraine — regardless of a failed try to topple the federal government and weeks of territorial losses.

“What is happening today is not pleasant. But all the same (if Russia hadn’t attacked in February) we would have been in the same situation, only the conditions would have been worse for us,” he stated.

“So we’re doing everything right.”

He did nonetheless acknowledge that Moscow’s ex-Soviet allies are “worried” in regards to the battle.

“Of course (our) partners are interested and worried about the future of Russian-Ukrainian relations,” Mr. Putin stated.

But he claimed this “does not in any way” have an effect on their relations with the Kremlin.

He additionally stated he had no plans to increase mobilisation in Russia, which he introduced on September 21 in a transfer that sparked panic and an exodus from the nation.

“Nothing additional is planned. No proposals have been received from the defence ministry and I don’t see any additional need in the foreseeable future,” he stated.

He stated 222,000 individuals have been mobilised out of a goal of 300,000.

“Within about two weeks, all mobilisation activities will be completed.”

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