Putin says victory in Ukraine 'is assured' and claims Russia is trying to END ... trends now
Vladimir Putin has said Russia's victory in Ukraine 'is assured' and claimed he is trying to end the war that has continued in the Donbas, where Moscow-backed separatists have been battling Ukrainian forces since 2014.
In televised remarks to workers during a visit to a weapons factory in his home town of St. Petersburg, the Russian President told workers and reporters: 'Victory is assured, I have no doubt about it.'
He also claimed that Moscow's invasion was intended to stop a 'war' that has been raging in eastern Ukraine for many years.
He claimed Russia has long sought to negotiate a settlement to the conflict in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland of Donbas.
Vladimir Putin has said he has 'no doubt' that Russia will be successful in Ukraine. Pictured: Putin attends events marking the 80th anniversary of the break of Nazi's siege of