September 26, 2022

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Putin: 'It didn't really start in Ukraine'

Putin: ‘It didn’t really start in Ukraine’

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West again Thursday of a military confrontation, following the Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We hear today that they want to defeat us on the battlefield. What should you say to that? Let them try,” the Russian leader said. “Everyone should know that Russia has not really started in Ukraine yet,” Putin said.

source: BELGA

But Moscow does not reject peace negotiations. “But whoever rejects them should know that the more they go, the more difficult it will be for them to reach an agreement with us,” he told faction leaders in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament.

Putin called politicians “real statesmen and patriots” who have supported the “special military operation,” as it is called, Russian aggression in Ukraine, since late February. “There are many parties, but one country,” Putin told the Kremlin meeting. “There is nothing more important than the fate of the homeland.”

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Putin accuses the West of wanting to fight “to the last Ukrainian”. “This is a tragedy for the Ukrainian people.” The Russian leader also said the West was carrying out a “lightning economic war against Russia”.

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