Putin says ‘in no hurry’ to end military campaign in Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Poutine said on Friday there were no plans to adjust Russian military operations in Ukraine despite a counter-offensive, saying Moscow was in no rush to complete the campaign.

“The plan is not subject to adjustment,” Putin told reporters at a regional summit in Uzbekistan.

“Our offensive operations in the Donbass itself do not stop. They are advancing at a slow pace…the Russian army is occupying newer and newer territories,” Putin said.

A man walks past a destroyed school in the town of Bakhmut, in Ukraine’s Donbass region.
Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

“We are in no rush… there is no change.”

Putin said Russia was “not fighting with a full army” but only with contract soldiers, and said the main goal of the campaign remained “the liberation of the entire territory of Donbass”.

He accused Ukrainian forces of attempts to carry out “terrorist acts” and damage Russian civilian infrastructure.

“We’re really quite limited in our response to that, at the moment,” Putin said. “If the situation continues to evolve in this way, the response will be more serious.”


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