Vladimir Putin promised on Wednesday that the situation in the four Ukrainian regions annexed by Russia would stabilize.
The Russian president announced the annexation Lugansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson Last week after the referendum was held in regions not recognized by the international community.
Putin’s comments came as Ukraine announced it had recaptured the cities of Lugansk and Kherson.
Ukrainian troops control parts of the other two regions and have made recent gains in Donetsk.
However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reported this Russia would recover any lost territory.
Asked about the recent losses suffered by the Russian army, Peskov said: “There is no contradiction here. They will forever be part of Russia and will be recaptured.”
In a speech to teachers on Teachers’ Day in Russia, Putin said the annexed territories would be “peacefully developed”.
But Andrei Kartabolov, head of the State Duma security committee, told state media that Russia should stop lying about what’s happening on the battlefield and that Russians are not stupid.
Ukrainian forces are making gains in the south and east.
The Ukrainian governor of Luhansk, Serhii Haidai, told the BBC on Wednesday that six towns in the region had been recaptured.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky later said his army had liberated three other villages in the southern Kherson region.
This comes after a series of victories in Kherson the previous day, including the recapture of the strategic town of Davidiv Brit.
Russia is still working Mobilization of the marginalizedAfter Putin announced the recruitment of around 300,000 men who had completed compulsory military service.
But Putin has backtracked on which groups would be affected after strong opposition to the decision within Russia.
The Russian president signed a decree exempting various categories of students, including first-time students at official institutions and certain types of post-graduate students, such as science students.
Nuclear power plant concerns
Putin also signed a decree formalizing Russia’s seizure of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, which has been occupied by Russian troops since the first days of the war.
Russia says it will be run by a new company – Europe’s largest nuclear power plant – but Ukraine’s nuclear operator has dismissed the move as “wasteful”.
Raffaele Grassi, director of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, said he would hold consultations with both sides after the announcement.
Croci went to Kiev and then to Moscow, in an attempt to reach Agreement to set up a safety zone around the plantIt is located near the front.
Reports of fighting near the nuclear power plant sparked international concern, and the last of the reactors was taken offline last month.
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