Putin says Russia just starting in Ukraine, peace talks will get harder with time
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had barely got started in Ukraine and dared the West to try to defeat it on the battlefield, while insisting that Moscow was still open to the idea of peace talks, News.az reports citing TASS.
In a hawkish speech to parliamentary leaders more than four months into the war, Putin said the prospects for any negotiation would grow dimmer the longer the conflict dragged on.
"Today we hear that they want to defeat us on the battlefield. What can you say, let them try," he said.