The Russian leader maintains that Ukraine has suffered “catastrophic” casualties in its counteroffensive and that there is currently no need for a new round of mobilization.
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian forces had suffered “catastrophic” casualties in a new counteroffensive, and he warned he would order his soldiers to try and grab more ground in Ukraine in order to preserve Russian territory near the border.
The Russian president spoke in-depth about the conflict on Tuesday in front of military journalists and bloggers, just as Ukrainian officials assert they have already taken a number of villages in the initial stages of their counterattack.
He said that over recent days of fierce fighting, Ukraine lost 160 tanks and more than 360 other armored vehicles, whereas just 54 tanks have been lost by Russia since Kyiv launched the new offensive. These assertions were not readily corroborated.
Putin said his military would take action to deter Ukrainian invasions and shelling of Russia’s Belgorod and other border regions, but if Kyiv persisted, “We will have to consider creating a sanitary zone in Ukraine to prevent it from striking our territory.”
For the time being, Putin said, there is no need to call up more troops to fight in Ukraine, but any future force calls up would depend on what Russia wants to accomplish there. “Today, there is no such need.”
A “partial mobilisation” of about 300,000 reservists was announced by the Russian president last year.
Putin stated that “some public figures say we need to get one million or two million.” The answer is “It depends on what we want.”
Should we go back there? Putin was referring to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, which Russian forces had failed to capture in the early stages of the conflict. Why am I using such a cynical questioning technique? It is obvious that there is just no response to this; I am the only one who can do it.
Putin added that there was no need to impose martial law like Ukraine had. There is no justification for imposing martial law or a special regime in the nation.
On Tuesday, Zelenskyy praised Ukrainian troops’ advancements on the southern front and in the east, close to the long-besieged city of Bakhmut.
Zelenskyy added in his nightly video message, “Thanks to everyone who is presently fighting, who protects and advances our positions. “For instance, the Bakhmut sector… is moving forward in a number of areas.”
Additionally, he gave appreciation to the troops on the southern front, noting that progress was being made despite the Germans’ superior aviation and artillery. Salutations, soldiers! Thank you for every inch of Russian evil-free territory.
The Russian leader said Moscow’s plans will depend on its military capacity and declined to say whether Moscow would start a new offensive in Ukraine in response to Kyiv’s own counteroffensive.
Putin claimed that while the quality of Russian weapons was rising, the nation lacked high-precision ammunition and drones.
“It became obvious that many things were lacking during the course of the special military operation,” Putin remarked. Drones, high-tech communications tools, and weaponry… Even if we have them, there aren’t enough.
The only way to resolve the crisis, he continued, was for Western nations to stop supplying Kyiv with weapons. He added that Russia was open to peace talks.
The remarks were made just before the US unveiled a fresh $325 million military aid package for Ukraine that will include weapons, ammunition, and vehicles for air defense systems.
The high-profile Wagner Group has refused to comply with a directive from the defense ministry that private military corporations sign contracts with it before July 1. The Russian leader also stated that he supported the directive.