Russia takes steps to bolster army, tighten grip on Ukraine
Meanwhile, lawmakers in Moscow passed a bill to bolster Russia’s army, which is fighting an intense battle for Ukraine’s east. Putin visited a Moscow military hospital on Wednesday and met with some soldiers wounded in Ukraine.
Three months into the war, Russian rockets pounded towns in the industrial Donbas region. Ukraine’s foreign minister said the situation there was “extremely bad.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated that he’d be willing to negotiate with Putin directly but said Moscow needs to retreat to the positions it held before the Feb. 24 invasion.