Russian President Vladimir Putin said the word “war” on Thursday while talking to reporters about the fighting in Ukraine.
The former KGB officer, who chooses his words carefully, has often referred to the war in Ukraine as a “special military operation.”
“Our goal is not to spin the flywheel of military conflict, but, on the contrary, to end this war,” Putin told reporters in Moscow after attending a State Council meeting on youth policy.
“We have been and will continue to strive for this,” he continued.
After attending the meeting, Putin took questions from reporters on various topics, including the fighting in Ukraine, the US shipment of a Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine and the Russian economy.