Just days before, Putin appeared to be girding Russians for a long-term war in Ukraine, saying that his military operation could be a long-term process.
All participants in the process will have to agree on realities that are taking shape on the ground, according to the Russian president.
According to plans captured at the beginning of the war, Russian commanders expected the war to last a few weeks before a victory.
Despite an outcry against the systematic attacks that have plunged millions into cold and darkness as winter sets in, Putin vowed to keep battering the energy grid.
Putin pointed to a blast on a bridge between the Russian mainland and the annexed Crimean peninsula as proof of the targeted attacks by Russia.
Russia claimed that the strikes on its energy facilities were a response to the attack on the bridge.
The former marine who was sentenced to 16 years for espionage was not included in the trade this week.
In his remarks on Friday, Putin said that Russian nuclear doctrine does not allow for a preventive strike
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