The Kremlin Admits Its Ukraine Invasion Is Going Slower Than Planned After 90 Days Of War

Russia has admitted its three-month invasion of Ukraine is going slower than planned, while insisting it is “not chasing deadlines” to end the war.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was widely mocked for saying on Tuesday, the 90th day of the war, that the slow pace was a reflection of the Russian military’s brutal concern for protecting civilians.

“Ceasefires are being declared and humanitarian corridors are being created to get people out of the surrounded settlements,” the Kremlin official said in televised remarks.

“Of course, this slows down the pace of the offensive, but it is done deliberately to avoid casualties among the civilian population,” Shoigu said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the statement as “absolutely unreal” after “three months of war crimes.”

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu blamed the slow pace of the Russian invasion on the country’s soldiers’ concern for civilians.
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Graves of Russian service members at a cemetery in Volzhsky.
Graves of Russian service members at a cemetery in Volzhsky.
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Russian soldiers Alexander Alexeevich Ivanov, right, and Alexander Vladimirovich Bobykin attend their trial hearing.
Two Russian soldiers attend their trial hearing after being charged with war crimes in Ukraine.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia is reportedly preparing for a long war.
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“After three months of searching for an explanation as to why they failed to break up Ukraine, they couldn’t think of anything better than to claim that they had planned to do so,” he said in a late-night speech.

“Nearly 30,000 dead Russian soldiers… and they are trying to cover this up with lies about how they are supposedly not fighting at full strength? how pathetic The time will come when they will admit it,” he said.

Another Kremlin official, Nikolai Patrushev, President Vladimir Putin’s Security Council secretary, separately made it clear that Russia was preparing for a long war.

A large Soviet-era apartment building stands in ruins on the former front line on May 25, 2022 in Kharkiv.
A large Soviet-era apartment building sits in ruins in Kharkiv.
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People provide medical care to a man injured as a result of shelling in Kharkiv.
People provide medical care to a man injured as a result of shelling in Kharkiv.
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Firefighters put out a coffee kiosk that caught fire as a result of shelling in Kharkiv.
Firefighters put out a coffee kiosk that caught fire as a result of shelling in Kharkiv.
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A woman is taken to a hospital as part of an evacuation from her home in Kramatorsk.
A woman is taken to a hospital as part of an evacuation from her home in Kramatorsk.
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“We are not chasing deadlines,” he said in a newspaper interview that reaffirmed Russia’s claim that it was “de-Nazizing” Ukraine.

“Nazism must be 100% eradicated, or it will rear its head again in a few years, in an even uglier form,” Patrushev said of his widely derided justification for the war.

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