President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia would do its utmost to stop the bloodshed in Ukraine, where government forces are fighting a pro-Russian rebellion in the east.
“We will do everything in our power so that this conflict is ended as soon as possible, so that the blood can stop flowing in Ukraine,” Putin said during a visit to the Crimea region, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine earlier this year.
Putin said Russians needed to mobilize for benefit of their country, but not for conflict with outside world.
“We must calmly, with dignity and effectively build up our country, not fence it off from the outside world,” Putin said during a visit to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. “We need to consolidate and mobilize but not for war or any kind of confrontation … for hard work in the name of Russia.”