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'Huge disappointment': Volodymyr Zelenskyy reacts to PM Modi's hug with Vladimir Putin
In image PM Modi hugging Putin & Volodymyr Zelenskyy/ courtesy: X Handles

'Huge disappointment': Volodymyr Zelenskyy reacts to PM Modi's hug with Vladimir Putin

| @indiablooms | 09 Jul 2024, 07:38 pm

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reacted sharply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's brief visit to Russia and his interaction with Russian President Vladimir Putin, particularly mentioning the "hug" shared between the two leaders amid Moscow's war with Ukraine.

In a post on X, Zelenskyy referred to Russia's attack on Monday, which left at least 37 people, including three children, dead after a missile strike on a children's hospital in Kyiv.

The strike also damaged nearly 100 buildings, including schools and maternity hospitals.

His tweet included photographs of the bombed hospital and babies in ambulances.

Zelenskky's post came after PM Modi met President Putin in Moscow and shared an embrace.

Visuals from their meeting showed the two leaders drinking tea on a terrace at Putin's home in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow, and the Indian being driven around in a golf cart.

One photo in particular, where Modi is seen hugging Putin, has been widely shared online.

"It is a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts to see the leader of the world's largest democracy hug the world's most bloody criminal in Moscow on such a day..."the Ukraine President tweeted.

PM Modi flew to Moscow on a two-day visit in what is seen as maintaining a longstanding relationship and courting closer ties with the West amid the war in Ukraine.

This is the Prime Minister's first visit since assuming his third term at office.

It is also his first visit to Russia since the war in Ukraine began.

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