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'Huge disappointment': Ukraine's Zelenskyy on Modi-Putin meet

Source: ANI   -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
July 09, 2024 15:22 IST
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has expressed disappointment over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Russia, which he termed as a "devastating blow to peace efforts."

IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a conversation in Novo-Ogaryovo, Russia, July 8, 2024. Photograph: @PMOIndia/X

On Monday, Modi who is on a two-day visit to Russia met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the latter's house in suburban Moscow and images from the meeting showed the two leaders exchanging hugs and chatting.

Zelenskyy took to social media platform X to post that Modi and Putin meeting on the day when 37 people, including three children, were killed and 170 others were injured due to Russia's missile strike at the largest children's hospital in Ukraine's capital city Kyiv.

"In Ukraine today, 37 people were killed, three of whom were children, and 170 were injured, including 13 children, as a result of Russia's brutal missile strike. A Russian missile struck the largest children's hospital in Ukraine, targeting young cancer patients. Many were buried under the rubble. It is a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts to see the leader of the world's largest democracy hug the world's most bloody criminal in Moscow on such a day" the Ukrainian leader said.


Congress leader Jairam Ramesh also criticised Modi for meeting Putin amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

"Self-styled Vishwaguru, who also gave himself the title of Vishwabandhu, is in Moscow the day a children's hospital in Ukraine is bombed. What happened to the 'Ukraine mein war rukwa di' boast?," Jairam Ramesh said in a post on X.

The Moscow visit of Modi marks his first visit to Russia since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine started in 2022.

India has always advocated for dialogue and diplomacy to resolve the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and restore peace.

Modi expressed gratitude to the Russian President for hosting him and stated that he looks forward to their talks, which will strengthen India-Russia friendship.

"Gratitude to President Putin for hosting me at Novo-Ogaryovo this evening. Looking forward to our talks tomorrow as well, which will surely go a long way in further cementing the bonds of friendship between India and Russia,"  Modi said on X on Monday.

In a friendly gesture, Putin took Modi on a ride in his electric car around his residence, Novo-Ogaryovo.

The Russian Embassy in India shared a video of the two leaders enjoying the drive, which followed a conversation between them.

"Russia's President Vladimir Putin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi @narendramodiin NovoOgaryovo RussiaIndia DruzhbaDosti," the Russian Embassy in India said on X while sharing the video.

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Source: ANI  -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
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