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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it was “time to talk to Vladimir Putin,” warning that if he didn’t, it would result in losses that “would take generations to recover.”

Russia has so far failed to make the military breakthroughs that were widely expected when it launched its February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

Since then, it has raised questions about its capability for an all-out victory despite its significantly larger military.

Zelenskyi said that Ukraine has always offered solutions for peace and wants meaningful and honest negotiations on peace and security without delay.

His latest appeal to Putin comes with Ukrainian cities now suffering weeks of heavy shelling, which has led to mass civilian casualties, and Russia has said it is “tightening” the noose on the reduced port city of Mariupol.







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Zelenskyj gave a video address in the early hours of Saturday and said: “I want everyone to hear me now, especially in Moscow. It’s time to meet, it’s time to talk.

“The time has come to restore territorial integrity and justice to Ukraine. Otherwise, Russia’s losses will be so great that it will take generations for her to recover.”

The two sides have been locked in talks for weeks with no sign of a breakthrough.

Zelenskyy said Russian forces were deliberately blocking the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the attacked cities.

“This is a deliberate tactic… This is a war crime and they will answer 100% for it,” he said.

The President of Ukraine said there was no information on how many people had been killed after a theater in the city of Mariupol where hundreds of people had taken refuge was attacked on Wednesday.

More than 130 people have been rescued so far, he said.

It comes after Britain’s defense intelligence chief warned that Putin is now engaged in a deadly war of attrition, while Russia’s advance in Ukraine continues to falter amid fierce resistance.







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Lt. Gen. Sir Jim Hockenhull said the Kremlin had been forced to change tactics and turn to the “reckless and indiscriminate” use of firepower that would inevitably result in more civilian casualties.

The Russians have “enormous” stockpiles of artillery munitions and could keep up their bombing for weeks to force Ukraine into submission, Western officials say.

The warning came as Putin made a rare public appearance to address a mass flag-waving rally at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to mark the eighth anniversary of his country’s annexation of Crimea.

He commended the efforts of the Russian Armed Forces, stating, “shoulder to shoulder, they help and support each other.”

But General Hockenhull said that after more than three weeks of campaigning, the Kremlin still has not achieved any of its original goals.

“She was surprised by the scale and ferocity of the Ukrainian resistance and was plagued by problems of her own making,” he said.







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“Russian operations have changed. Russia is now pursuing an attrition strategy. This will involve the reckless and indiscriminate use of firepower.

“This will lead to more civilian casualties, disruption to Ukraine’s infrastructure and worsening of the humanitarian crisis.”

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Liz Truss has said she fears the Russia-Ukraine peace talks will be used by the Kremlin as a “veil” to allow the armed forces to regroup.

In an interview with the Times, Truss said, “If a country takes negotiations seriously, it doesn’t bomb civilians indiscriminately that day.”

The minister said she was “very skeptical” about the negotiations, adding: “What we have seen is an attempt to create space for the Russians to regroup.”

She said, “We don’t see any serious withdrawal of Russian troops or any serious proposals on the table.”

Truss said that “the Russians lied and lied and lied. I’m afraid the negotiations are another attempt to create a distraction and a smoke screen.”







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At the same time, Putin is tightening his control over Russian media to cover up the heavy casualties his forces have suffered in combat, Gen. Hockenhull said.

“The Kremlin is trying to control the narrative, hide operational problems and obscure the high Russian casualty toll from the Russian people,” he said.

American sources estimate that up to 7,000 Russian soldiers have died in the fighting so far, including four major generals and a number of other high-ranking officers.

Russian forces continue to bomb the outskirts of the capital, Kyiv, while the cities of Kharkiv, Sumy and Mariupol, where more than 2,500 civilians are reported to have died, remain under siege.

Another rocket attack was previously reported on an aircraft maintenance facility on the outskirts of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, which has so far largely escaped the fighting.

Western officials fear that as Russia depletes its stockpile of precision weapons, it will increasingly turn to “dumb” bombs, leading to even more civilian casualties.







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“There is an enormous amount of artillery ammunition that the Russian armed forces possess. It can be a logistical challenge for them to get everything in place,” an official said.

“But if they’re able to get those supplies forward, they could keep this artillery bombardment going for a very, very long time. These bombings could be very intense.”

British Military Secretary James Heappey has said the indiscriminate shelling of cities is “very likely” a war crime and the Russian president bears the ultimate “blame” for atrocities.

However, he warned that anyone in the military chain of command could be held accountable for war crimes in which they were implicated.

“The evidence collected points very strongly to war crimes being committed in Ukraine,” he told Sky News.

“The blame for war crimes lies absolutely with the leader of the Russian government, the man who chose to do all this in the first place,” he said.

“It’s not just Putin who ends up being responsible for war crimes when evidence is gathered and people are held accountable.

“They are also involved in the prosecution of war crimes in Ukraine. This is a disgrace to the Russian nation.”

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