Putin: Gaza incursion would lead to ‘unacceptable’ casualties

Russian President Vladimir Putin says an expected Israel ground offensive in the Gaza would lead to “unacceptable” civilian casualties.

“The use of heavy machinery in residential areas is a complex matter fraught with grave consequences,” says Putin in televised remarks, “most importantly, the civilian casualties will be absolutely unacceptable.”

“The most important thing now is to stop the bloodshed,” Putin says, adding his country was “ready to coordinate with all constructive partners.”

Russia has been carrying out what Moscow calls a military operation in Ukraine since February 2022, during which thousands of civilians are estimated to have died after strikes hit numerous residential areas across the country.

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