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    Putin Says There Will Be No Peace in Ukraine Until Russia’s Goals, Still Unchanged, Are Achieved

    Putin Says There Will Be No Peace in Ukraine Until Russia's Goals, Still Unchanged, Are Achieved

    — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday there would be no peace in until the Kremlin realizes its goals, which remain unchanged after nearly two years of fighting that has sent tensions soaring between Moscow and the West.

    Speaking at a year-end news conference that lasted over four hours and offered him an opportunity to reinforce his grip on , Putin gave some rare details on what Moscow calls its “special operation.”

    He dismissed the need for a second wave of mobilization of reservists to fight in Ukraine — a move that has been deeply unpopular. He said there are some 617,000 Russian soldiers there, including around 244,000 troops who were called up to fight alongside professional military forces.

    “There will be peace when we will achieve our goals,” Putin said, repeating a frequent Kremlin line. “Victory will be ours.”

    Putin highlighted Russian military gains in Ukraine as the conflict's second winter approached.

    “Almost all along the line of contact our armed forces, let's put it modestly, are improving their positions, almost all in an active stage of action and there is an improvement in the position of our troops all along,” he said.

    “The enemy has declared a big counteroffensive, but he hasn't achieved anything anywhere,” Putin added, claiming that the latest Ukrainian attempt to create a bridgehead on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River also…

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