President Vladimir Putin went to see the wounded Russian soldiers and a The video was posted on Twitter. In the video, Putin is seen waving to the soldiers in their pajamas.
This is Putin’s first known visit to Ukraine to meet with combat troops. The Russian president was seen wearing a white lab coat while meeting with the soldiers.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in heavy casualties, with many soldiers on both sides being taken prisoner of war.
President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that the discovery of genocide in Russian-occupied territories before the war, especially outside of Kiev, has made it more difficult to negotiate and that he would not negotiate with other officials.
Earlier this week, Ukraine’s head of state said President Vladimir Putin was the only Russian official willing to meet with him to discuss how to end the war.
“I would not accept any meeting with anyone from the Russian Federation except the president,” he said. “And only when there is an issue (at the table): to stop the war. There is no other basis for any other kind of meeting.”
In his remarks to an audience in Davos, Zelensky added that the war had come at a huge humanitarian cost to the Ukrainians. He says the country’s forces are gaining ground, especially near the second city of Kharkiv, but “the bloodiest situation remains in Donbass, where we are losing many people.”
He added that any idea of forcibly reclaiming the Crimean peninsula, which was occupied and annexed by Russia in 2014, would cause thousands of casualties.