Russian President said this in response to question of Ukrainian correspondent Roman Tsymbakiuk at press conference in Moscow. The journalist asked him of Russian soldiers and military equipment he had sent to Ukraine and what would he say to relatives of dead Russian soldiers and officers.
Putin’s answer about killed soldiers in Ukraine was quite unintelligible and in general he repeated everything that Russian federal mass media lies to describe events in Eastern Ukraine.
‘What concerns who and what is responsible for: here, in Russia, just in almost every president republic, president is responsible for everything. As for the soldiers – the chief commander is responsible for their fate, I pay attention this is one and the same face here [in Russia]’, – said Putin.
‘All people who perform their duty to the call of their heart or take part in hostilities voluntarily, including in south-east of Ukraine, are not mercenaries because they are not paid for that’, – murmured Russian President Putin.