Putin says Ukraine peace talks are at dead end and goads the West

Russian president blames Ukraine for breakdown in peace talks between two nations

Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 12. EPA / Sputnik

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that peace talks with Ukraine had hit a dead end, pledging that his troops would win and goading the West for failing to bring Moscow to heel.

Addressing the war in public for the first time since Russian forces retreated from northern Ukraine after they were halted at the gates of Kyiv, Mr Putin promised that Russia would achieve all of its "noble" aims.

In the strongest signal to date that the war will grind on, he said Kyiv had derailed peace talks by staging fake claims of Russian war crimes and by demanding security guarantees to cover the whole of Ukraine.

"We have again returned to a dead-end situation for us," Mr Putin, Russia's leader since 1999, said during a visit to the Vostochny Cosmodrome 5,550 kilometres east of Moscow.

Asked by Russian space agency workers if the operation in Ukraine would achieve its goals, he said: