UK PM Johnson says he is 'not optimistic Putin wants peace'

25 March, 02:11 PM
Boris Johnson (Photo:REUTERS/Peter Cziborra)

Boris Johnson (Photo:REUTERS/Peter Cziborra)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to sue for peace after unleashing his invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told UK's BBC Newsnight's political editor Nick Watt in an interview on March 24.

"I think he's decided to double down and try to Groznify the great cities of Ukraine in the way that he always tries to do," Johnson said.

"I think that's a tragic mistake."

"To Groznify" is a reference to the Chechen city of Grozny, which Russia bombed and besieged in 1999-2000. Following Russia’s invasion of Grozny, the city was reduced to little more than rubble.

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March 25 marks the 30th day of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

However, the Ukrainian Army is putting up fierce resistance to the invaders, with 15,600 Russian invaders already having been killed since Feb. 24, according to the Ukrainian military.

Invading Russian forces are present on Ukrainian territory in the north, east and south, shelling peaceful cities throughout Ukraine with artillery, and bombing them from the air.

Since the beginning of the war, the most difficult situations have been observed in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Mariupol, Kyiv and the capital's outskirts.

Russian invaders are also trying to occupy the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts that have remained under Ukrainian government control since the start of the war in 2014.

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