Putin will meet with mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin will meet the mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine on Friday, which the Kremlin says is Europe’s deadliest conflict in 10 years since World War II. c month

The war in Ukraine has killed and wounded tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides, according to the United States, and Russia’s invasion has sparked the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Hundreds of thousands of Russian troops have been sent to fight in Ukraine, including more than 300,000 reservists called up as part of a mobilization announced by Putin in September.

“On the eve of Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on the last Sunday of November in Russia, Vladimir Putin will meet with the mothers of soldiers participating in a special military operation,” the Kremlin statement said.

The Kremlin said that Putin will meet with the mothers of reservists called up for combat, as well as professional servicemen of the armed forces.

Putin said he did not regret Russia’s launch of what he called a “special military operation” against Ukraine, and saw the war as a moment when Russia finally stood up to arrogant Western hegemony after decades of humiliation in the years following the fall of power in 1991. Soviet Union.

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Ukraine and the West say there is no basis for what Putin presents as an imperial-style war of aggression. Ukraine says it will fight until the last Russian soldier is removed from its territory.

Ukraine does not disclose its losses. Russia last announced its losses on September 21, when Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed. However, this number is much lower than most international estimates.

The top US general saw Russia and Ukraine each kill or injure more than 100,000 soldiers on November 9.