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Vladimir Putin abandons hopes of Ukraine deal and shifts to land-grab strategy

By Max Seddon

25 Apr 2022 · 3 min read

Vladimir Putin has lost interest in diplomatic efforts to end his war with Ukraine and instead appears set on seizing as much territory as possible, according to three people briefed on conversations with the Russian president.

Putin, who was seriously considering a peace deal with Ukraine after Russia suffered battlefield setbacks last month, has told people involved in trying to end the conflict that he sees no prospects for a settlement.

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