Modi tells Putin that the death of innocent children is very painful

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By Vladimir Soldatkin

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

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

Ukraine said it had recovered fragments of a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile from the hospital, which was hit on Monday during a wave of attacks that killed at least 41 Ukrainians across the country.

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

Modi told Putin that the death of innocent children in a war, conflict or terrorist attack is “very painful.” He also said that the solution to the war in Ukraine “cannot be found on the battlefield (…) we have to find peace through talks.”

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

The two met at the Kremlin to discuss deepening bilateral relations, a day after the United States said it had raised concerns with India over its ties with Moscow.

“Our relations are of a particularly privileged strategic partnership,” Putin said. “I am grateful for the attention they pay to the most pressing problems, including the attempt to find ways to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, first and foremost by peaceful means, of course.”

(Reuters reporting in Moscow and New Delhi; writing by Mark Trevelyan; editing by Javi West and Carlos Serrano)


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