The text of the address is available onthe official website of thePresident of the Russian Federation, Censor.NET reports.
"It isclear that the militia has achieved a major success in interceptingKyiv's military operation, which represents a grave danger to thepopulation of Donbas and which has already led to the loss of manylives among civilians," the Russian leader said in a statement.
As aresult of militias' counter-offensive, large number of Ukrainiantroops - many of whom were taking part in Kyiv's so-calledanti-terrorist operation "against their will" and "just followingorders"- has been surrounded, the President added.
"I callon the militia groups to open a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainianservicemen who have been surrounded to avoid any senseless loss oflife, giving them the opportunity to leave the combat areaunimpeded and reunite with their families, to return them to theirmothers, wives and children, and to quickly provide medicalassistance to those who were injured in the course of the militaryoperation," Putinsaid.
Russiain the meantime is ready and will provide aid to Ukraine's regionssuffering from a humanitarian disaster, the Russian leaderadded.
"I onceagain call on the Ukrainian authorities to immediately stopmilitary actions, cease fire, sit down at the negotiating tablewith Donbas representatives and resolve all the accumulatedproblems exclusively via peaceful means," Putin said according to the Kremlin's pressservice.