Putin said Russia does not oppose peace talks in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that he does not oppose the notion of Ukraine peace negotiations.

Following a meeting with African officials in St. Petersburg, he stated that African and Chinese initiatives might serve as a foundation for achieving peace.

Mr Putin, on the other hand, stated that there could be no ceasefire while the Ukrainian army remained on the attack.

In the hours following his remarks, Russia announced that a Ukrainian drone attack on Moscow had destroyed two office buildings.

Flights were briefly halted at Vnukovo Airport, located south-west of the city center, and one person was injured, according to Russia’s state news agency Tass.

Ukraine has yet to respond to the drone mishap.

One eyewitness, identified only by her first name Liya, told Reuters she saw flames and smoke.”We heard an explosion, and it was like a wave, and everyone jumped,” she explained. “There was a lot of smoke at that point, and you couldn’t see anything.” Fire could be seen from above.”

Both Ukraine and Russia have previously stated that they will not enter into peace negotiations unless certain requirements are met.

Kiev has stated that it would not cede any territory, while Moscow has stated that Kyiv must recognize its country’s “new territorial reality.” Russia invaded Ukraine last year and now controls territory in the country’s south and east.

Mr Putin stated at a late-night press conference on Saturday that there are no intentions to escalate operations on the Ukrainian front for the time being.

He also defended the detention of critical voices, arguing that some people were causing harm to Russia from within.

Criticism of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine is illegal, and the majority of prominent opposition members are imprisoned or in exile.

The Russian president also informed reporters during the extensive briefing that Moscow conducted “preventive strikes” following an explosion on a Crimean bridge earlier this month.

Following the bridge catastrophe, which killed two people, Mr Putin vowed to retaliate to what he called Ukraine’s “terrorist” act. Kyiv did not formally claim responsibility for the bridge blast, which connects the seized peninsula to Russia.

The Russia-Africa conference comes after an African delegation of seven leaders and representatives met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and Mr Putin last month.

President Zelensky has just visited Ukrainian special troops in Bakhmut, the city where some of the war’s toughest combat has taken place.

According to Ukrainian officials, Kyiv’s troops are progressively advancing closer to the eastern city, which Russian forces captured in May.

The north-eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy was hit by rockets overnight, killing one person and injuring five others, according to the country’s interior ministry.

On Saturday evening, a Russian missile struck an educational institution, according to the ministry’s Telegram account. This information has not been verified by the BBC.

A missile hit “an open area” in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Saturday, killing two people and injuring another, according to an official.

According to Anatoliy Kurtiev, local council secretary, the explosion wave created by the “enemy missile” blasted out apartment windows and destroyed an educational institution and a grocery.

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