Vladimir Putin said that Russia would do everything possible to bring the Ukraine war to an end “as soon as possible”, despite the direction of the conflict that has turned against his army in recent days.
Russian troops have been moved to the northeastern regions with thousands of square kilometers of territory liberated by defenders near Kharkiv.
Ukrainian flag fly again over dozens of other settlementsincluding the important city of Izyum, where Mass burial site has been excavatedas a top investigative policeman expressed his astonishment upon discovery.
Ukrainian forces, fueled by a strong advance near Kharkiv and an advance south near Kherson, hope to push Russian troops out of all of Ukraine.
However, this may not be what President Putin means by a quick end to the conflict.
Appearing at a televised summit in the Uzbek city of Samarkand, he spoke with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
“I know that today’s era is not the era of war and I talked to you on the phone about this,” Modi told the Russian president.
When the Indian leader made his remarks, Putin pursed his lips, glanced at him and then down before touching the hair on the back of his head.
He told Modi that he understood he was concerned about Ukraine, but that Moscow was doing all it could to end the conflict.
“I know your position on the conflict in Ukraine, the concerns that you constantly express,” he said. “We will do everything to stop this as soon as possible.”
Zelenskyy: The world must see what the Russian army left behind in Izyum
In the recently recaptured city of Izyum, there was an outcry after the discovery of a mass burial site.
Speaking on Telegram on Friday afternoon, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “Today, the world must witness what the Russian military has left behind.
“More than four hundred graves are located in the forest near Izyum. We still don’t know exactly how many bodies there are…
“Russia has become the biggest source of terrorism in the world and no other terrorist power has left so many deaths.
“This must be recognized legally. The world must act. Russia must be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism.”