(UnitedVoice.com) – In February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his military to invade Ukraine. The authoritarian leader claimed he’d entered the country on a peacekeeping mission, but the bombs proved otherwise. Nearly a year into the conflict, the Russian leader has finally admitted he engaged his country in a war.
On Thursday, December 22, Putin spoke about the conflict in Ukraine and advocated for its end. According to Newsweek, he told reporters that his country doesn’t want to “fan the flames of this military conflict” and instead would like to “end this war.” It was the first time he’d used the term “war” to describe what was happening in Eastern Europe. Previously, the Kremlin and Putin have repeatedly referred to it as a “special military operation.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin exposed the reality of the situation in Ukraine, something he's been avoiding for the past 10 months. https://t.co/VQzmSA0ACN
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 23, 2022
The Russian leader’s remarks come after several brutal months for his military. Estimates put the death toll for his troops at over 100,000. Reports indicate Putin is recruiting service members from prisons, drafting hundreds of thousands, and even convincing former Afghan soldiers to join up for monthly payments.
Putin’s remarks before Christmas were a departure from his previous standpoint. Still, Ukraine and its allies are suspicious of the declarations that he wants to negotiate. Whether anything comes from the speech remains unproven.
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