Putin confident in Russian victory over Ukraine
In a speech to the military leadership, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin said he was convinced that Russia was winning its war of aggression against Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Sergei Bobylev/Pool Sputnik Kremlin/AP/dpa
“I am sure that step by step we will achieve all our goals,” he said in a televised speech at an expanded meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday.
He began his speech with a minute’s silence for the soldiers killed in the war. However, he rated the war as valuable experience for the further development of his own military.
Putin compared his war of aggression against the neighboring country with the Patriotic War against Napoleon in 1812 and with the First and Second World Wars.
The 70-year-old called for a faster upgrade and modernization of the armed forces. The President cited the use of drones as an example. So far, this has been considered a weak point of the Russian armed forces. Drones must be available at all levels of warfare, Putin said. “Every soldier must have the opportunity to get information from drones.” There are “no financial restrictions” on further upgrading of the army, emphasized the Kremlin chief.