Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed special gratitude to those who are heroically fulfilling their military duty these days during a special operation to provide assistance to the people’s republics of the Donbass.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday congratulated members of the special forces on their professional leave, saying they fought “valiantly” in Ukraine, while the Kremlin insisted it was ready for talks with Kiev.
In his televised address, Putin said, “Special gratitude to those who are heroically performing their military duty these days during a special operation to provide assistance to the People’s Republics of the Donbass.”
The Russian president ordered an invasion of Ukraine on Thursday. Russian ground forces have pressed into Ukraine from the north, east and south, but have faced fierce resistance from Ukrainian troops, the intensity of which has taken Moscow by surprise, according to Western sources.
Separately, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies on Sunday that Russia is ready for talks with Ukraine, adding that a delegation from Moscow has already arrived in the Belarusian city of Gomel.
“We are ready to start these talks in Gomel,” Peskov said.
Ukrainian officials have refused to hold talks in Belarus, which has allowed Russian troops into western Ukraine.
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