Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday met the country's Security Council, according to a Kremlin statement.
Opening the council's first meeting of the year, Putin said he would like to discuss the progress of the "special military operation" in Ukraine, which began last February.
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He also informed the participants about the international contacts he had recently.
Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, meanwhile, presented a report on his recent visit to command headquarters of a group of forces deployed in Ukraine.