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Russian leadership shares your pain, will achieve goals in Ukraine, Putin tells soldiers' mothers

Speaking to the bereaved families of Russian soldiers, Vladimir Putin said the entire leadership shared their suffering and that goals in Ukraine would be attained.

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Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with mothers of Russian fighters (Image: Reuters)

By India Today Web Desk: Nine months since the Russia-Ukraine war began, Vladimir Putin iterated his goals in the war-ravaged European country. The Russian president met with more than a dozen mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine and said that Moscow will achieve the goals of its military campaign in Ukraine.

"We must achieve our goals and we will achieve them in the end," Putin said.

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Speaking to the bereaved families of Russian soldiers who fought or are fighting in Ukraine, Putin said the entire leadership shared their suffering.

"I personally and the entire leadership of the country share this pain," AFP quoted the Kremlin leader as saying.

Putin met with nearly 17 women at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow to mark Sunday's Russian Mother's Day. Meeting the mothers of Russian soldiers, Putin said that he could fathom the anxiety and concern of soldiers' mothers and the pain of those who lost their sons in Ukraine.

"I would like you to know that, that I personally, and the whole leadership of the country - we share your pain," Reuters quoted Putin as saying.

"We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a son - especially for a mother," he added, breathing heavily and frequently clearing his throat. "We share this pain."

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Reports suggest that Putin said that he had no regrets about launching military offensives on the pretext of 'special military operation' against Ukraine and dubbed the Russia-led war in Ukraine as a voice against Western hegemony.

Speaking about the online reporting of developments in Ukraine, Putin said, "You cannot trust anything there at all, there are all sorts of deception, lies."

He referred to the term Novorossiya, which literally means new Russia, and praised their sons for defending it. Novorossiya refers to the modern Russian nationalists who use the term to describe a swathe of southern and eastern Ukraine that Russia now claims as its own.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR

Russia began its military offensives in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers were deployed and sent to invade Ukraine. Putin, in one of his early remarks since the inception of the war, said that the military engagement was aimed at destabilising the military infrastructure of Ukraine.

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Six months since the Russia-Ukraine war began, Russia released figures on the losses in the conflict. On September 21, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed. In March, Russia issued a statement sharing 1,351 fighters had died.

In August, the US Pentagon estimated between 70,000 and 80,000 Russian fighters who had been killed or wounded.