Russian President Vladimir Putin said today, Sunday, that his country is ready to negotiate with all parties to the Ukrainian conflict.
He added in an interview with state television: “I think we are moving in the right direction, defending our national interests and the interests of our citizens and our people… We have no other choice but to protect our citizens,” according to what was reported by the “Reuters” news agency.
He continued, “We are ready to negotiate with all concerned parties about acceptable solutions, but it is up to them. We are not the ones who refuse to negotiate, but they are the ones who reject it.”
Putin said he was “100 percent” sure the Russian army would be “destroyed”. Patriot air defense system Which the United States will supply to Ukraine, while the Ukrainian presidency responded to Putin’s statement, saying that Russia does not want negotiations and shirks its responsibilities.
In response to a question by a journalist from Russia-1 TV channel during an interview, a short clip of which was broadcast on public television, Putin replied, “Of course, we will destroy it (for sure) 100 percent!”
During the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week, Washington announced a new package of military assistance, including the Patriot air defense system.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, “The United States will provide Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine for the first time.”
Blinken revealed “the allocation of $850 million in security aid to Ukraine, and $1 billion for the development of air defences.”
“Today’s assistance package includes, for the first time, the Patriot air defense system, which is capable of shooting down intercontinental missiles, short-range ballistic missiles, and aircraft flying at altitudes that clearly exceed the capabilities of the defense systems that have been delivered so far,” Blinken said in a statement.
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced during a joint press conference with US President Joe Biden at the White House, during a historic visit to Washington, his first abroad since the start of the Russian military operation to his country on February 24, that Kyiv’s acquisition of US Patriot air defense systems. He will strongly enhance” its defense capabilities, stressing that this is a very important step for creating a safe airspace for Ukraine.
Zelensky stressed that the just peace does not involve “any compromise” on Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
For his part, US President Joe Biden addressed his Ukrainian counterpart, saying: “You will never be alone,” indicating that he is confident that the Western alliance will remain united behind Ukraine, adding that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has no intention of stopping what he described as a brutal war against Ukraine, describing What Putin is doing is “horrific”, targeting orphanages and schools there.
Today, Sunday, the Russian military operation in Ukraine continues, as units of the Russian army are trying to establish control over the Ukrainian regions and strike the positions of the Kyiv forces, while the latter continues to resist and try to regain its lands with material and military support from the West.
In the latest field developments, an air alert was declared throughout Ukraine in anticipation of Russian raids, while the pro-Russian Lugansk authorities announced that Ukraine had transferred more forces to the strategic Svatovo axis. And the pro-Russian authorities of Zaporizhia announced the establishment of a new defensive line to confront any Ukrainian advance, stressing that the construction of defensive structures on the front lines is about to be completed.
Earlier, Ukraine’s emergency services said that three of its members died at dawn Sunday when a mine exploded while they were clearing mines from parts of the Kherson region. Russia, which launched its military operation in Ukraine 10 months ago, controls most, but not all, of the Kherson region. By mid-November, Ukrainian forces had recaptured Kherson and a number of towns in the region.
Bomb experts have been working there since then, after President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian forces had heavily mined buildings and objects.