Putin dismisses killings in Ukraine's Bucha as 'fake'
In a press conference following talks with the Belarusian President, Putin agrees with those who say that the US is ready to fight Russia till the last Ukrainian.
Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed, on Tuesday, reports of the discovery of hundreds of dead bodies of civilians in the town of Bucha outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev after the withdrawal of Russian troops.
Putin compared the accusations to those concerning the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
"It's the same kind of fake in Bucha," Putin said during a press conference with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia's Far East.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Russian President stressed that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko had handed him documents exposing the fake in Ukraine's Bucha.
"Alexander Grigoryevich gave me documents today. Documents, he mentioned so casually, which were transferred to the FSB of Russia, how, who (they have the appropriate voice intercepts), what transport came to this settlement and created the conditions for organizing this provocation and fake," Putin said following talks with his Belarusian counterpart.
Russia to ‘calmly’ continue Ukraine operation
Putin has stated that Moscow will carry out its military operation in Ukraine as planned.
"Our task is to fulfill and achieve all the goals set, minimizing losses. And we will act rhythmically, calmly, according to the plan originally proposed by the General Staff," he added.
“Ukraine’s inconsistency slowing down peace talks with Russia”
Commenting on Russian-Ukrainian talks, Putin said the lack of consistency in Ukraine’s demands was slowing down the dialogue on ending Russia’s military operation there.
“Yesterday the Ukrainian side changed something again. Such inconsistency on fundamental points does create certain difficulties in reaching final agreements,” the Russian President said.
Putin went on to say that Moscow-Kiev talks have reached a stalemate because Ukraine has deviated from agreements reached during negotiations in Istanbul.
"Most importantly, the Ukrainian side has moved away from its agreements in Istanbul. Now the requirement of security is one thing. And the issues of regulating relations regarding Crimea, Sevastopol and Donbas are taken out of the scope of these agreements. This is pretty much a return to the dead-end for them and for all of us," Putin said.
He added that he was informed about changes made by Kiev on Monday morning.
"I am not aware of these changes. But such inconsistency on fundamental issues creates certain difficulties in reaching final agreements acceptable to everyone on the negotiating track. And until this happens, the military operation will continue until it is fully completed and the tasks that were set at the beginning of this operation are solved," the Russian President said.
Furthermore, Putin agreed with those who say that the US is ready to fight Russia till the last Ukrainian.
Many people say that the United States is ready to fight Russia till the last Ukrainian, this is what we say, in fact, it is so," Putin concluded.