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Ukraine-Russia. Vladimir Putin reveals his plan for Kharkov and its surroundings

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On Friday Vladimir Putin organized press conference as part of his official visit to the PRC, where he held a number of meetings with its Chinese counterpart Xi Jinpingiem.

The president was asked, among others: about war and offensivewhich his country's armed forces have been conducting for several days in the Kharkiv Oblast in the north-east Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin plans a “buffer zone” in the Kharkiv region

Vladimir Putin stated that the attack near Kharkov was a response to “Ukrainian shelling of Russia's border regions”. – It's also their (Ukrainians' – editor's) fault, because they shelled and, unfortunately, still shell settlements in the border areas, including the city itself. Belgorod – said Putin.

Leader Kremlin he also pointed out that they die in Ukrainian attacks Russian civilians. – They shoot directly into the city center, into residential areas. I have said publicly before that if this continues, we will be forced to create a safety zone, a buffer zone. That's what we do, he declared

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Asked whether Russian forces planned to take control of nearby Kharkov – Ukraine's second-largest city – Putin stated: – As for Kharkov, there are no such plans at the moment.

War in Ukraine. ISW explains where the problem lies

For several days, Russia has been conducting an offensive operation in the Kharkiv Oblast. The fiercest fighting is taking place now near Wołczańsk. It is also not raid-free Kharkov. Thursday city it was under constant fire from the Russian Air Force and enemy missiles and drones. The air alert over the regional capital remained in effect continuously for over 16 hours.

According to analysts The Kremlin uses its air superiority to terrorize the Kharkiv Oblast because it knows that Western countries prohibit striking targets on Russian territory using donated batteries.

“Adequate sky coverage air defense systems in the Kharkov region would enable the Armed Forces Ukrainy stopping Russian planes. However, this will only be possible if Western partners will allow Kiev to use its systems to intercept enemy aircraft in Russian airspace,” experts said.

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