Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council and the Council of the Council of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Heads of Government in the resort city of Sochi, Russia, June 9, 2023. (PHOTO / KREMLIN POOL VIA AP)
MOSCOW – Ukraine has launched a counteroffensive but has failed to accomplish its goals, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
"First, it can be stated with absolute certainty that this offensive has begun. The use of strategic reserves of the Ukrainian forces proves it. Second, in no areas of combat the Ukrainian troops have achieved their tasks. This is an absolutely obvious thing," Putin told reporters in Russia's Sochi.
We still do not have enough of these modern weapons but the defense industry, the country's military-industrial complex is developing rapidly. I am sure that all the tasks facing the defense industry will of course be solved. There is an intensive increase in the production of modern types of weapons.
Vladimir Putin, Russian President
There were "significant losses" of Ukrainian troops in the past five days of "very intense fighting," but Kiev still preserves the offensive potential, Putin was quoted as saying in a Kremlin press release.
He praised the Russian military and weaponry in actions against the Ukrainian counteroffensive.
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"Yes, we still do not have enough of these modern weapons but the defense industry, the country's military-industrial complex is developing rapidly. I am sure that all the tasks facing the defense industry will of course be solved. There is an intensive increase in the production of modern types of weapons," he said.
Weapons in Belarus
Russia will deploy certain types of weapons in Belarus after July 8, Putin said on the same day when he met with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.
"As you know, on July 7-8, the preparation of relevant facilities will be completed, and we will immediately begin measures related to the deployment of the relevant types of weapons on your territory," Putin said.
"So everything is going as planned and everything is stable," he added.
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In March this year, Putin said that Russia, at the request of Minsk, would deploy its tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, just as the United States had been doing on the territories of its allies.
The construction of a special storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory would be completed in July, he said.