Conflicts & War

Russia’s defense minister ‘inspects’ troops on frontline in Ukraine

Moscow, Dec 22 (EFE).- Russian defense minister Sergey Shoigu traveled to Ukraine Thursday to visit Russian military positions on the frontline.

“Shoigu inspected the conditions for the deployment of military personnel in the zone of the special operation,” the defense ministry said in a statement.

The minister also examined the livelihood of Russian soldiers on the frontline in the middle of winter.

In a video published by the ministry, Shoigu visited underground shelters, a field kitchen and medicine reserve in a location that was not disclosed for security reasons.

On October 18, it was reported that Shoigu had flown over to a frontline but later the press said that he visited an area near the Crimean peninsula some 80 kilometers from the battleground.

Shoigu’s inspection comes after Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy traveled Wednesday to Washington to meet US president Joe Biden, who vowed to provide Ukraine with Patriot air defense systems.

So far, Russian president Vladimir Putin has not visited Ukrainian territory since the start of the invasion on February 24. The closest he had ever been was on the bridge linking the Moscow-annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland. EFE


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