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Vladimir Putin met with military bloggers. He spoke about attacks on Russian territory

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met with pro-Kremlin correspondents and war bloggers on Tuesday. He said the Ukrainians were carrying out attacks on Russian border areas in order to force Russia to “direct its forces and resources there” and to withdraw Russian units from areas considered crucial for the ongoing Ukrainian counter-offensive.

Vladimir Putin assured at the meeting that the goals of the “special military operation” – how Russia defines aggression against Ukraine – they are adapted to the current situation, but “basically do not change and are fundamental” for Moscow.

Putin met with war correspondents and bloggers PAP/EPA/GAVRIIL GRIGOROV / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL

Putin announced that a large-scale counter-offensive of Ukraine has been underway since June 4. He said that Kiev uses specially prepared reserves for this, and Ukrainian forces are conducting attacks in four directions.

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– The enemy has not been successful in any of the areas. It suffers heavy losses,” he said, quoted by the Ria Novosti news agency. He also summarized the balance of losses on both sides. According to Putin, Ukraine’s armed forces lost at least 160 tanks and 360 armored vehicles, while Russia lost 54 tanks. He added that Russian forces destroyed 25-30 percent of the equipment that was given to Ukraine by Western allies. He also stated that Ukraine lost 10 times more people than Russia. Reuters points out that it is unable to independently verify this information.

Putin also said that “heavy losses” were suffered by “Polish mercenaries” fighting on Kiev’s side.

Putin met with war correspondents and bloggers PAP/EPA/GAVRIIL GRIGOROV / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL

Putin on the destruction of the Dnieper dam

Putin also mentioned the destruction of the hydroelectric power plant in Nova Kakhovka, which he blamed on the Ukrainian side. According to him, Ukraine deliberately hit the Dnieper dam on June 6 with HIMARS missiles supplied by United States.

“Unfortunately, this disrupted their counter-offensive in that direction. Why unfortunately? Because it would be better for us if they attacked there,” Putin said. He added that Russia has no interest in destroying the dam, which led to the flooding of the areas it controls.

Putin assured that Russia would provide aid to all residents of flood-affected areas.

Putin on mobilization and attacks on Russian territory

Putin said that the Ukrainians are carrying out attacks on Russian border areas in order to force Russia to “direct its forces and resources there” and to withdraw Russian units from areas considered crucial for the ongoing Ukrainian counter-offensive.

He stated that Russia must combat enemy agents and improve its defense capabilities against attacks on its own territory. However, he stressed that there was no need to follow the example of Ukraine and declare martial law. – There is no reason to introduce any special regime or martial law in the country. There is no need for that at the moment, he said.

Putin admitted that Ukraine still has the ability to fire on Russian territory. He emphasized the need to increase the effectiveness of missile defense, and also mentioned the possibility of creating a buffer zone on the border with Ukraine, which would prevent enemy units from entering Russian territory.

Putin said that for now he sees no need for additional mobilization. – There are voices that we need a million or two million (soldiers) more. It depends on what we want to achieve. He then asked if Russia should make another attempt to capture Kiev, which failed early in the Russian invasion.

Destroyed military vehicles in the Belgorod regionPAP/EPA/RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE HANDOUT

The meeting with war correspondents and bloggers was held at the office of the Russian president, Putin’s spokesman said Dmitry Peskov.

According to the Institute of War Research, the community of “military bloggers” consists of about 500 authors who have become an influential voice on the course of the war. Despite the criticism of the Russian Defense Ministry and even Vladimir Putin himself, the bloggers who report on the course war in Ukraine, have gained an important position in the Russian information space and enjoy great freedom. Many of them are in favor of increasing the number of soldiers fighting in Ukraine and more decisive military actions.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/GAVRIIL GRIGOROV / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL



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