Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with mothers of Russian soldiers killed in combat in Ukraine as his forces continued attacks on Kherson.
Putin meets mothers of killed soldiers
President Vladimir Putin has spoken to a carefully selected group of mothers of Russian soldiers sent to fight in Ukraine who praised his leadership while he told them their sons had not died in vain.
Tens of thousands of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or wounded in the conflict sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the United States.
Hundreds of thousands of Russians have been sent to fight in Ukraine – including some of the more than 300,000 called up as part of a mobilisation announced in September.
Protests against the war and the enlistment drive have been crushed by force.