Putin calls it special military operations. I call it the war – Austrian Leader
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said Russian President Vladimir Putin confident about his military campaign in Ukraine, despite the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kiev region. Nehammer on Monday became the first European Union leader to meet with Putin since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Saturday, Nehammer said the conversation with Putin was not “friendly” but “frank and tough.”
“I think he is now in his own war logic. He thinks the war is necessary for security guarantees for the Russian Federation. He doesn’t trust the international community. He blames Ukrainians for genocide in the Donbas region.”
Nehammer “he believes he is winning the war.”
“I made it clear to Mr. Putin, his attitude, his view is not shared by anybody,” Nehammer said during a press briefing in Moscow. “He sees it as a kind of self-defense operation of the Russian federation. He calls it special military operations. I call it the war.”
Russian troops have been regrouping for what is expected to be a new offensive in the eastern Donbas region.