Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the “joint headquarters of the armed forces involved in the special military operation.” About it reported on the Kremlin website.

Putin “worked at the headquarters throughout the day” on December 16, the report said. The President listened to reports on the course of the war, held a meeting and met with some commanders.

According to photos and videos released by the Kremlin, the meeting was also attended by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, commander of Russian troops Sergei Surovikin and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.

Where exactly the meeting took place is unknown.

What you need to know. This is the first known instance that Vladimir Putin personally visited the military headquarters since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Previously, the president only heard reports from the head of the Defense Ministry and commanders.

Putin also gave public orders that did not directly relate to military operations. For example, he ordered Shoigu and Gerasimov to bring the deterrence forces into a special mode of combat duty.

As noted by the publication “Agency”, Putin has demonstrated involvement in hostilities in Ukraine against the backdrop of emerging information about the impending new offensive of Russian troops. So, in an interview with The Economist, the head of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny declaredthat in winter the Russian army will prepare for a new offensive. In the spring, she may again go on the attack on Kyiv, said the head of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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