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Putin meets with mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine. After his opening statement, livestream gets cut off

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a meeting with mothers of servicemen taking part in the war in Ukraine — the mobilised, contract servicemen, and volunteers. The livestream of the public part of the event was being conducted by Russia’s media outlet RBC.

After the president had finished his opening statement, the stream was cut off.

“I want you to know that I, personally, and the entire government, all of us share this pain. We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a son, especially for a mother, the reason all of us were born. But I want you to know that we share this pain with you,” Putin said.

He added that the government would “do everything possible” so that mothers would not feel forgotten about, instead being “a shoulder to lean on”. He also informed his audience that sometimes he calls soldiers serving in Ukraine.

“I’ve talked to some of them over the phone, directly to the lads. In any case, I talked to [some guys] that actually surprised me with their good nature, their attitude towards [service]. They weren’t expecting these calls from me. The calls were made thanks to the mothers, too. [These conversations] give me every reason to say that they’re heroes,” Putin continued.

Furthermore, Putin mentioned that “one can’t trust anything” on the Internet, seeing as “a lot of fake news, lies, hoaxes”, and informational attacks were spread there.

The meeting took place in the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow. Ahead of the meeting, the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers and the Mothers and Wives’ Council said that their representatives had not been invited; instead, the only people invited were pro-government women.

Earlier, Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that only Putin’s opening remarks would be made available to the public. The publication of the entire meeting’s recording will depend on “the conversation, whether the mothers will want [to share it] or not”, he claimed.

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