The Hindu (Mumbai)

‘Ukraine must change war methods’


The Ukrainian Army needs to change its “methods” to win the war against Russia, Kyiv’s new commanderi­nchief Oleksandr Syrsky said on Friday in his first comments in the role.

The Army needs “clear and detailed planning”, he said, “taking into account the needs of the frontline for the latest weapons supplied by internatio­nal partners”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin used an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson to urge Washington to recognize Moscow’s interests and persuade Ukraine to sit down for talks.

Mr. Putin also said that Russia stands ready to negotiate a potential prisoner exchange that would free Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovic­h, who was detained last March on espionage charges he denies, and hinted that Moscow wants the release of its agent imprisoned in Germany.

Most of the interview, released on Thursday, focused on Ukraine, where the war is nearing the twoyear mark.

Mr. Putin repeated his claim that his invasion of Ukraine, which Kyiv and its allies described as an unprovoked act of aggression, was necessary to protect Russian speakers in

It was Putin’s first interview with a Western media figure since his Ukraine invasion 2 years ago

Ukraine and prevent the country from posing a threat to Russia by joining NATO.

Mr. Putin pointed at Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s refusal to conduct talks with the Kremlin. He argued that it’s up to Washington to stop supplying Ukraine with weapons and convince Kyiv, which he called a U.S. “satellite,” to sit down for negotiatio­ns.

“We have never refused negotiatio­ns,” Mr. Putin said. “You should tell the current Ukrainian leadership to stop and come to a negotiatin­g table.”

It was Putin’s first interview with a Western media figure since his fullscale invasion of Ukraine two years ago.

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