If the West wants to defeat us on the battlefield, let it do so, Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with representatives of parliamentary parties. He also declared, the longer the conflict in Ukraine drags on, the more difficult the peace negotiations will be.

Today we hear that they want to defeat us on the battlefield. What can you say to that – let them try Vladimir Putin laughed. We’ve heard that many times The West wants to fight us to the last Ukrainian. This is a tragedy for the Ukrainians, but it seems that this is where they are headed – said the Russian president.

At the same time, we do not reject peace talks. But those who reject them must realize that The longer this continues, the more difficult it will be to negotiate with us Putin added.

The Russian president also stated that the West has been aggressive towards Russia for decades. As he said, the West is moving towards totalitarianism.

On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine. Then President Vladimir Putin declared that the purpose of the “special operation” was to “de-Nazify and disarm” Ukraine. After the unsuccessful attack in the Kyiv region, the Russians continued their conquest of the Donbass, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions.