Russian President Vladimir Putin made a visit to the central Ministry of Defense Hospital in Moscow on Monday and told wounded soldiers that their country needed them.
Putin visited the hospital as one of several public appearances to mark Russia Day.
He bestowed state awards on fighters wounded in Ukraine and said that he understood the conflict is "not some movie, it's all happening in reality."
Putin told soldiers, "There's no doubt that your country, your homeland, and the Armed Forces need people like you," urging them to continue their military service once they recover.
Putin's visit to soldiers comes amid Ukraine's defense officials claiming to have recaptured several settlements in the Donetsk region.