Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that an expected Israel ground offensive in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip would lead to “unacceptable” civilian casualties.

“The use of heavy machinery in residential areas is a complex matter fraught with grave consequences,” Putin said in televised remarks, “most importantly, the civilian casualties will be absolutely unacceptable.”

Russia has been carrying out what Moscow calls a military operation in Ukraine since February 2022, during which thousands of civilians are estimated to have died after strikes hit numerous residential areas across the country.

“The most important thing now is to stop the bloodshed,” Putin said, adding his country was “ready to coordinate with all constructive partners.”

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On October 7, hundreds of Hamas gunmen broke through the militarised border barrier around the Gaza Strip into Israel, killing more than 1,200 people and taking around 150 Israeli, foreign and dual-national hostages.

Israel has retaliated by hitting targets in Gaza with thousands of munitions, in strikes claiming more than 1,530 lives -- 500 of them children, according to the health ministry in Gaza.

Russia has so far carefully denounced violence from both sides and focused on blaming the US for the conflict.

“The fact that a large-scale tragedy happened there was the result of a failed US policy,” Putin said Friday.

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At the start of his time at Russia’s helm, first as prime minister and then president, Putin oversaw the second war in Chechnya, which began in 1999 after Islamist militants from Chechnya staged a raid in Russia’s region of Dagestan. The 10-year war killed thousands of civilians.

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David
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Putin's has zero standing and credibility in presuming to lecture Israel on the possibility of unacceptable civilian casualties during their planned clean out Hamas from Gaza,
Putins track record of inflicting massive civilian casualties in Chechyna and Ukraine is already at the level of a war criminal of Hitler's class. Someone should turn off his microphone

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Boka
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Putin saying a Gaza operation would cause unacceptable civilian casualties, is like a toad calling someone ugly. His Ukraine invasion was unacceptable from the beginning, and he continues to target innocent civilians. At least Israel trys to warn the civilians that elected Hamas. What else can Putin do to make himself a joke to the free World?

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Owolola Adebola
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What is Putin talking about?His illegal and unjustified war in Ukrain has continually had tolls on the defenceless civilians ,mostly children and the elderly.I have never known where the devil would preside over the destiny of an Angel. The cacophony of his rhetoric is defeaning .

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MJ
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Putin's momma is turning in her grave, knowing the best part of him ran down her leg! Putin has killed and kidnapped thousands of babies and 10's of thousands Ukrainians and wants to speak of terrorist like him being eliminated. I say the more of Russians and Hamas dying are a good thing for humanity, let them enjoy their new home in the cold cold ground!!

Boca
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@MJ, I certainly agree that Putin is a war criminal who will be brought to justice, Do you think that everyone should get what they deserve? Better duck.

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