Vladimir Putin Defends Russia's Targeting of Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure

Putin emphasized during the conversation that Russia had no intentions of attacking energy facilities

by Sead Dedovic
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Vladimir Putin Defends Russia's Targeting of Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin seizes every opportunity to hold meetings regarding the situation between Russia and Ukraine, conducting analyses and considering his next steps. Putin met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko this time, intending to discuss attacks on energy facilities in Ukraine and transformer substations. 

The Russian leader has drawn anger upon himself with such actions, which many deem inappropriate and unacceptable in a state of war. However, the question arises whether norms are respected during any war (though they should be)? 

Putin emphasized during the conversation that Russia had no intentions of attacking energy facilities. However, after Ukrainians conducted airstrikes on Ukraine, a response had to follow. Putin wanted to disrupt the plans of the Ukrainian leadership and show what intentions they have in the coming period. 

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Additionally, Vladimir Putin noticed that Ukrainians are increasingly attacking their energy facilities. The Russian leader did not want to passively observe such attacks and was prepared to respond. Putin pointed out that they did not carry out any attacks during the winter. 

The situation was such that they now had to provide a response. Such a situation does not benefit either side, and Putin reiterated his readiness for negotiations to achieve peace. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also confirmed readiness for negotiations, but it seems that both leaders have their demands and do not intend to make any compromises.

It will be interesting to see what Vladimir Putin's next steps will be, as he has no intention of giving up on his goals in the coming months. The Ukrainian army is currently facing enormous problems in terms of armament and military strength. Many believe that Putin will try to exploit the weakness of the Ukrainians and attempt to achieve absolute victory.

Such moves demonstrate his readiness to retaliate against the Ukrainians, but potentially also to take the first step towards victory, as he has done many times before.

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