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No Massive New Attack on Ukraine Needed: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday said there was no need for another large-scale attack on Ukraine and that Russia had no intention of destroying the country.
At the summit’s final press conference in Kazakhstan, he said the call-up of Russian reserve forces would end within two weeks and there were no plans for further mobilization.
Putin also said international mediation would be needed if Ukraine was ready to join, but reiterated the Kremlin’s position that Russia was ready to hold talks.
Taken together, his comments appear to suggest that after weeks of Ukrainian advances and critical Russian defeats, his tone softens slightly as the war draws to a close after eight months. rice field.
Wall Street stocks opened higher as traders interpreted a easing in geopolitical tensions.
But Putin, who said he was prepared to use nuclear weapons to protect Russia’s “territorial integrity”, also warned of a “global catastrophe” if NATO forces clashed directly with Russia.
He was speaking a week after Russia launched its heaviest missile strikes against Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities since it launched its invasion on February 24 — the actions Putin said were unilateral. It was in retaliation for an attack that damaged a Russian bridge to Crimea annexed to the
“We have not set ourselves the task of destroying Ukraine. No, of course not,” the president said.
He said most of the designated targets had been hit, so there was “no need for a large-scale attack.”
Putin is facing the most serious crisis he has had in his 22 years as Russia’s supreme leader.
But when asked if he had any regrets, he said “no” and said not acting in Ukraine was even worse.
“Let me be clear, what’s happening today is uncomfortable to say the least, but it would have happened a little later. It would have been worse. That’s it.” Acting in a timely manner. ”
A UN envoy, meanwhile, claimed that the Russian military was using rape as a weapon.
In an interview with AFP, UN special envoy Pramila Patten said the rapes and sexual assaults by Moscow forces in Ukraine were part of Russia’s “military strategy” and a “deliberate tactic to dehumanize victims”. I said yes.
“When you hear women testify about Russian soldiers armed with Viagra, it’s clearly a military strategy,” the UN special representative on sexual violence said Thursday. “It’s clearly a deliberate tactic to dehumanize the victim.”
Yesterday in Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed that the Ukrainian army would defeat the Russian army at an event marking the country’s first Defenders Day.
He also laid a wreath at a memorial to soldiers killed since 2014, when Kremlin-backed separatists took control of parts of the two eastern regions.
In February of this year, the separatists appealed for Russian intervention.
“More than ever, the world is with us. This makes us stronger than ever in history,” Zelensky added, referring to unprecedented Western aid.

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