Russia Election : Russian President Vladimir Putin told soldiers fighting the Ukraine war on Friday that he is going to run as a candidate again in the presidential elections to be held in 2024. Putin awarded the Ukraine war heroes the Hero of Russia Gold Star, Russia’s highest military honor. Putin said that I cannot hide that I had different views at different times.
Reuters, Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin told soldiers fighting in the Ukraine war on Friday that he is going to run again in the presidential elections to be held in 2024. This means that the former KGB spy will remain in power until 2030. Putin, who took power from Boris Yeltsin in late 1999, has served as president longer than any other Russian ruler since Joseph Stalin. Putin has even surpassed Leonid Brezhnev’s 18-year tenure.
What did Putin say?
Putin awards Russia’s highest military honor ‘Hero of Russia Gold Star’ to Ukraine war heroes Honored with. After this, Sparta battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Artem Zhoga asked Putin to again become a candidate in the presidential elections. Putin told the soldiers honored along with Artyom,
I cannot hide that I have had different views at different times, but now the time has come to take a decision.
Artyom told reporters that he was pleased that Putin had accepted his request. The whole of Russia will support this decision. For Putin the election is just a formality. Given the support of the state media and the absence of an effective opponent, Putin’s victory is certain. Opposition leaders view Putin as Russia’s corrupt dictator.
Putin’s supporters say that the President has more than 80 percent support. He says Putin’s arrangement has restored the power Russia lost during the chaos of the Soviet collapse.
One killed by Russian missile
Russian warplanes fired 19 long-range missiles into Ukraine on Friday morning, killing one civilian and injuring eight others. Two of the injured are at home, while the others have been admitted to the hospital. Ukrainian officials said.
An industrial unit and power line have been damaged by the missile attack.
This attack is the first major attack on missiles fired at targets including the capital of Ukraine in the last few weeks. In recent weeks, Russia has mainly used drones in night-time attacks. Ukrainian air defense systems shot down 14 missiles outside Kiev and the Dnipropetrovsk region.