Russians are in the middle of a somewhat confusing winter season as their conscripts are pushed to face Ukrainians backed by Western training and weaponry.

It could be one of Russia’s press strategies to hold an awards ceremony honoring the efforts of their soldiers during the war, but Russian President Vladimir Putin did not hold back while talking to the press while holding a glass of guzzled champagne. In the interview, he was asked about the war’s progress, and he said there has been a lot of speculation about the attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. He also said that even though Russia is facing global criticisms, this will not deter their military missions to fully invade Ukraine.

“There’s a lot of noise about our strikes on the energy infrastructure of a neighboring country. Yes, we do that. But who started it?”

Putin, apparently, is pointing the blame back at Ukraine for allegedly attacking the Crimean bridge. He added that Ukraine should also be blamed for its horrendous act of “genocide” by not providing water to Donetsk after it was occupied by Russia a couple months ago.