Putin indirectly signals chances of cease-fire in Ukraine: Report

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has been privately signalling that he is open to cease fire in Ukraine, as per the reports by the New York Times on Saturday. The reports comes following the president publicly saying that he won’t be backing down from the conflict that has been going on for almost two years.

More than 10,000 civilians have been killed and more than 18,500 injured since the war begun, as per the United Nations. Additionally, tens of thousands of troops have also suffered to death.

The Times report claimed that Putin has been hinting since September that he is open to stopping the war at the current boundary lines. The report cited Russian officials close to the Kremlin and other American and international officials.

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The current invasion of Russia seems to be far from Putin’s original plan on invading the neighboring country. The invasion began in February 2022 and it was quick into capturing large swaths of the country. However, the Ukrainians fought back hard and successfully force Russia to retreat from its northern regions. The battle lines since October 2022 have largely remained the same.