After multiple setbacks in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including Russian forces withdrawing from Kyiv and Northern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that Russian forces would triumph in their ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine.
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“That Blitzkrieg on which our foes were counting on did not work,” Putin claimed of the West’s crippling sanctions imposed after Putin’s Feb. 24 order to invade the country, according to state-run media outlet TASS. Putin made those comments alongside Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, an ally, at Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur region.
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Putin blamed Ukraine for the current conflict, saying that the Ukrainian government had refused to comply with the Minsk Agreements that were brokered by the west. He said that the primary goal of the operation was to protect the people of the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine, making the conflict’s goals ‘absolutely clear and noble’.
“We will not stop military operations in Ukraine until they succeed,” Putin said, adding that Ukraine has “deviated” from agreements that were made during previous rounds of talks, according to state-run RIA Novosti.
The goals of the conflict are “absolutely clear and noble,” Putin also said, state media reported. “There is no doubt that the goals will be achieved.”
“The main goal is to help the people of Donbas [region in eastern Ukraine], whose independence we recognized. We were forced to do so because the Kyiv authorities, pressed by the West, refused to comply with the Minsk agreements aimed at a peaceful solution of the Donbass-related problems,” Putin continued.