Putin Says Russia Will Achieve Ukraine’s Goals, Denounces Sanctions | News about the war between Russia and Ukraine

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Putin Says Russia Will Achieve Ukraine’s Goals, Denounces Sanctions | News about the war between Russia and Ukraine

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The Russian president says the West aims to damage the Russian economy, but insists it could resist sanctions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country will achieve its goals in Ukraine and will not submit to what he called a Western attempt to achieve global domination and dismember Russia.

Putin said Russia is ready to discuss Ukraine’s neutral status after three weeks of a war that has killed thousands and forced millions of Ukrainians to flee their homes.

In a speech to government ministers broadcast on Wednesday, Putin went further in acknowledging the pain Western sanctions were inflicting on the economy, but insisted that Russia could resist the blow.

There was no sign of softening in his harsh rant against the West and Ukraine.

Firefighters put out the flames outside an apartment
Firefighters put out the flames outside an apartment building after a Russian missile attack in Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, Ukraine [File: Pavel Dorogoy/AP Photo]

“In the near future, it was possible that the pro-Nazi regime in Kiev could get its hands on weapons of mass destruction and its target, of course, would be Russia,” Putin said.

Putin has consistently described Ukraine’s democratically elected leaders as neo-Nazis bent on committing genocide against Russian-speaking people in the east of the country, a line the West denounces as baseless war propaganda.

He said Western countries wanted to turn Russia into a “weak dependent country; violate its territorial integrity; dismember Russia in the way that suits them ”.

If the West thought Russia would collapse or back down, “they don’t know our history or our people,” Putin said on the 21st day of the war.

“Behind the self-righteous speeches and today’s actions of the so-called collective West are hostile geopolitical objectives. They simply don’t want a strong and sovereign Russia ”.

Putin said inflation and unemployment will rise in Russia and structural changes in the economy are needed. But he has promised support for families with children.

He said the West had indeed declared Russia in default as part of its sanctions for the conflict in Ukraine, but that the conflict was just a pretext for the West to impose such sanctions.

“The West doesn’t even bother to hide that its purpose is to harm the entire Russian economy, every Russian,” Putin said.

A customer delivers Russian rubles banknotes and coins to a vendor at a market in Omsk, Russia
Putin went further in acknowledging the pain Western sanctions were inflicting on the economy of the nuclear-armed country [File: Alexey Malgavko/Reuters]

Ukrainian neutrality

The Russian leader said his country is ready to discuss Ukraine’s neutral status in talks.

“The question of principle for our country and its future – Ukraine’s neutral status, its demilitarization and denazification – we were ready and we are ready to discuss it in the context of the negotiations.”

Ukraine has said it is willing to negotiate to end the war, but will not give up or accept Russian ultimatums.

“Ukraine is now in a state of direct war with Russia. As a result, the model can only be ‘Ukrainian’ and only on legally verified security guarantees,” Kiev negotiator Mikhailo Podolyak said Wednesday.

Putin said the military operation was “on schedule” and that the Russian military was not targeting civilians.

The fighting has sent more than three million people to flee the country, according to United Nations estimates. The UN reported that 726 civilians were confirmed killed but the real number is higher.

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