Russia President Vladimir Putin vowed to continue bombing Ukraine until his demands fulfilled, despite a plea from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for peaceful negotiation to halt the war.
Putin said Russia has so far only bombed military facilities and troops, but Ukraine is using civilians as human shield.
Putin also told the media that Russian military is fighting “neo-Nazis”, adding that some Ukrainians were also “fooled by nationalist propaganda”.
In a call with French president Emmanuel Macron, Putin insisted there would be no let-up in the invasion, blamed the West for the conflict and also “denied having bombarded Kyiv”.
“Leave our land,” he said. “If you don’t want to leave now, sit down with me at the negotiating table. But not from 30 metres away. I don’t bite. What are you afraid of, ” Ukraine President told Putin.
It was reported that more than 1 million Ukrainains have been displaced from home, fled to neigboring countries.