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Modi to Putin: the death of innocent children is painful and scary

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul10,2024

Modi – To Putin: the death of innocent children – it’s painful and scary


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that the death of innocent children – this is painful and scary, a day after the deadly attack on a children's hospital in Kyiv.

Modi is in Moscow to strengthen strategic ties between the two countries, Reuters reports.

Ukraine says it has discovered fragments of a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile at a children's hospital. The building was half destroyed Monday during a wave of Russian strikes across the country that killed at least 41 people.

"Be it war, conflict or terrorist attack, any person who believes in humanity , feels pain when people die, – Modi said. – But when innocent children are killed, the heart bleeds, and this pain is very terrible.”

This is not the first time Modi has criticized Russia for its actions in Ukraine. In September 2022, he told Putin that "today's era– This is not an era of war.”

India, however, did not condemn the Russian invasion and took the opportunity to buy record amounts of Russian oil at a discount as sanctions have cut Moscow's trade with the West.

Putin thanked Modi for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war.

Modi responded that “peace is necessary for our future generations. Decisions are impossible on the battlefield. Among guns, bullets and bombs, peace negotiations cannot succeed. We must find a path to peace only through negotiations.”

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that Modi’s visit – this is "a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts– to see the leader of the world's largest democracy embrace the world's deadliest criminal in Moscow on a day like this.”

On Monday, the State Department said it had raised concerns about India's relations with Russia. President Joe Biden called the latest strikes on Ukraine a “horrifying reminder of Russia's brutality.”

Prepared by Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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