Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed on Sunday that his country is prepared to negotiate on the war he inflicted with Ukraine and its Western allies, comments thatUkraine quickly pushed back against after Russia showed no signs of slowing down.


Russia's president chaired a meeting with military-industrial complex leaders.

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Putin said that he was willing to negotiate about some acceptable outcomes, but that it was Ukraine and its allies who were not willing to do so.

Putin didn't elaborate on what he meant by "acceptable outcomes" as Russia's war aims have remained vague.

The Russian president said he didn't think the tension with the West was so dangerous.

Putin once again tried to justify the invasion, which he launched in February as a so-called "special military operation", by claiming it was carried out to "stand up for the people" living in the eastern half of the country.

At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 were injured when Russian forces attacked the city of Kherson.

Mykhailo Podolyak is an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This is the first thing. Russia is attacking and killing people. There are no other countries. Russia doesn't want to negotiate. We are going to the tribunal.

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Putin said in the interview that Russia would take out the American-made missiles if the U.S. sent the system to Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky is in D.C. for a meeting with the president of the U.S.


Zelensky gave a defiant address on Christmas Eve. Zelensky called the Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities acts of terrorism. Zelensky said that even in total darkness, they would find each other to hug each other. We won't wait for a miracle if there is no heat. We make it ourselves.


The leaders of the Catholic and Anglican churches denounced the war in Ukraine in their Christmas addresses. The Pope decried the use of food as a weapon in the war and called for an end to it.

Key Background

Putin admitted last week that his forces were dealing with challenging conditions in the four Ukrainian provinces they partially occupy. The security situation in the four occupied territories was complicated, according to Putin. Russia only has full control of Luhansk despite its claims of its own. The city of Kherson is one of the areas that have been regained by the forces of the Ukrainians. Zelensky made a surprise visit to Washington on Wednesday, where he met with Biden and delivered a rousing address to a joint session of Congress.

Zelensky rallied Ukrainians with a defiant Christmas message.

Putin says Russia is prepared to negotiate.

Putin admits that the situation in occupied Ukrainian Territories is extremely complicated.