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In Moscow, Modi criticizes deaths of children after attack on Kiev hospital

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (9) that the deaths of innocent children were very painful, a day after a deadly attack on a children’s hospital in Kiev.

The Indian leader made the televised remarks at a meeting with Putin in the Kremlin.

Ukraine says it has recovered fragments of a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile from the hospital, which was hit on Monday (7) during a wave of Russian strikes that killed at least 41 Ukrainians across the country.

Russia has said, without providing evidence, that it was a Ukrainian anti-missile system that hit the hospital.

Modi told Putin that the death of innocent children in wars, conflicts or terrorist attacks was “very painful”. He also said that a solution to the war in Ukraine “cannot be found on the battlefield… we have to find peace through negotiations”.

Putin, speaking before Modi, said the two countries enjoy a special strategic partnership and thanked him for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war.

He welcomed Modi to the Kremlin for talks on deepening bilateral relations, a day after the United States said it had raised concerns with India about its ties with Moscow.

“Our relations have the character of a particularly privileged strategic partnership,” Putin said.

“I appreciate the attention you are paying to the most serious problems, including trying to find ways to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, primarily by peaceful means, of course.”

India has become an increasingly important partner for sanctions-hit Russia as it shifts its trade away from the West and seeks to demonstrate that Western attempts to isolate it have failed.

India refrained from criticizing Russia during the war and increased its purchases of cheap Russian oil to record levels, while urging Ukraine and Russia to resolve their conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.

Source: CNN Brasil

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