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Putin Threatens New Military Strikes on Ukraine Infrastructure

  • Russian leader says ‘in no rush’ with military operation
  • In first public comments, Putin dismissive of counteroffensive
Vladimir Putin at the SCO leaders' summit in Samarkand on Sept. 16.

Vladimir Putin at the SCO leaders' summit in Samarkand on Sept. 16.

Photographer: Sergei Bobylyov/AFP/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to step up attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, vowing to continue his invasion after his forces suffered some of their worst reverses in the seven-month-old campaign.

In his first public comments on the issue since Ukraine said it retook as much as a tenth of the territory Russia had seized, Putin was dismissive of the counteroffensive. “We’ll see how it goes,” he said, noting that Russian forces are continuing to advance in other areas.