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Putin to France’s Macron: Russia to continue ‘uncompromising’ fight in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin vows to continue fighting against what he describes as nationalists in Ukraine and says the Kremlin could add to its demands at negotiations if Kyiv stalls talks.

“Russia intends to continue the uncompromising fight against militants of nationalist armed groups,” Putin says according to a readout of a call with French leader Emmanuel Macron, which added that attempts to slow conflict talks would “only lead to additional demands on Kyiv in our negotiating position.”

Putin also tells Macron he disagreed with a speech the French leader gave the day before about Ukraine.

Source: TOI

Macron fears ‘the worst is to come’ in Ukraine after speaking with Putin

French President Emmanuel Macron believes “the worst is to come” in Ukraine after a 90-minute phone call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin who appears intent on seizing “the whole” of the country, an aide to the French leader says.

Putin again justified his invasion in terms of the “denazification” of Ukraine, says the aide, who asks not to be named.

The aide describes Putin’s comments as “shocking and unacceptable,” adding that “the president told him it was lies.”

Source: AFP via TOI