Putin criticizes Kiev for blaming east Ukraine situation on Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized Kiev for attempts to blame their failures in eastern Ukraine on Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized Kiev for attempts to blame their failures in eastern Ukraine on Russia.

"But in general, all this is very bad: the attempts to justify defeat and attempts to blame it on Russia," he said in an interview with the Rossiya 1 channel.

Answering a question about Kiev's accusations against Russia and the anti-Russian opinion on the Ukraine events prevailing in the West, Putin said, "World media monopoly of our opponents allows them to behave as they do."

"Moreover, I suppose that my somewhat careless comment during my visit to Hungary had some effect, when I said that it is disappointing to lose to yesterday's miners and tractor drivers. It is unpleasant to lose to Russia as well, but it's less humiliating somehow," he said.

"At the same time, we are aware of the statements made by Ukraine's top officials, including high-ranking officials in the Ukrainian army. As the head of the General Staff said, "We are not fighting against the Russian army." What else do you need?"," Putin said.

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