Fears Putin may escalate war as Ukraine front is littered with Russian dead

There are fears that Vladimir Putin may continue to "escalate war" as the Ukraine frontline is "littered with Russian dead".

The US state department has accused Russia of escalating the conflict, and delaying negotiations with Ukraine.

Meanwhile as the bloody battle continues Russian soldiers are said to be dying in their hundreds on the frontline everyday.

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Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky said that his country's war positions are “literally littered with bodies” of Russian soldiers.

Speaking during his nightly address he said: “The Donetsk region remains the epicentre of the greatest madness of the occupiers – they die by the hundreds every day."

"The ground in front of the Ukrainian positions is literally littered with the bodies of the occupiers," added Mr Zelensky during yesterday's address.

“In general, along the front, our forces are in a state of active defence – in some parts of the east and south, we are gradually pushing back the enemy. We are gradually moving forward,” he said.

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Despite the massive losses, in a briefing with reporters US state department spokesperson Ned Price said that Russia is continuing to “escalate this war rather than to offer any sort of real signal that it is ready for or open to negotiations”.

“If Russia is ready for that negotiation, it should stop its bombs. It should stop its missiles.

"It should stop attacking and killing Ukrainian civilians – pursuing infrastructure, including civilian infrastructure."

An advisor to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has refused to enter negotiations with Vladimir Putin as “it would mean giving up”.

In an interview with Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper, Mykhailo Podolyak said that dialogue with Russia would be possible only once Russian forces leave Ukrainian territory.

“We have no choice. Russia has invaded us with mobile crematoria and half a million body bags. If we stop defending ourselves, we will cease to exist,” he said.


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