Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a press conference at the Palace of Independence December 19, 2022 in Minsk, Belarus.Getty Images
  • The situation in occupied Ukrainian territories is very difficult for Russia.

  • Russia's war in Ukraine has not gone as planned.

  • Zelenskyy visited Ukrainian troops in a city that Russia has been trying to capture for months.

The situation in occupied Ukrainian territories is extremely difficult according to Putin, who acknowledged that the war has not gone according to plan.

In a video address to security workers, Putin said the situation in the Luhansk People's Republic is difficult. Russia did not fully occupy those regions at the time Putin annexed them. Russian forces retreated from Kherson, the first major city they captured after their invasion, last month.

In the early days of the conflict, Putin signed a law that made it a crime to criticize the Russian military. Russian citizens who spread "fake news" about their country's military could face up to 15 years in prison.

As Putin pointed to Russia's difficulties in the war on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy went to visit troops on the frontline. Russian forces have been trying to capture Bakhmut for a long time.

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After less than a year of fighting, the Russian military has suffered up to 100,000 deaths. The US and its allies have imposed sanctions on Russia due to the unprovoked invasion, isolating Moscow politically and economically.

The head of the UK's armed forces stated last week that Russia is losing in Ukraine. It will only get worse for Russia.

The cupboard is bare after almost 300 days of Russian guns being fired.

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