The military operation in Ukraine could last for some time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday during a meeting with the Civil Society and Human Rights Council. Addressing a question about the duration of hostilities that escalated in February, Putin said achieving all the goals will take time, but highlighted several major gains already made.
“Of course, it could be a long process,” Putin said, pointing out that the conflict really began in 2014, when the United States backed a nationalist coup in Kyiv. He explained that Moscow had no choice but to intervene in February to defend the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Luhansk – which have since voted to join Russia, as well as most of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. .
“These new territories are a major gain for Russia,” said the president. “Even Peter the Great sought access to the Sea of Azov, and now it is an inland sea of the Russian Federation.”
“Most importantly, the people who live there showed in a referendum that they want to be in Russia and feel part of our world,” he added. says Putin. “They are now with us, millions of them, and this is the greatest result.”
Putin also said there was “no dot” to discuss additional mobilization measures, since the more than 300,000 reservists called up to fill the ranks of the army were quite sufficient. In fact, some of the Donbass students who have been fighting for years are now coming together to be able to complete their studies.
The Russian president also revealed that Western European leaders now oppose the military operation “to shut up” when he reminds them that their countries were supposed to guarantee the peace process in Ukraine since 2014.
France and Germany brokered a peaceful end to the Maidan unrest just before US-backed nationalists violently seized power in February of that year. Paris and Berlin then brokered a ceasefire between kyiv and the Donbass republics in Minsk, but did nothing to maintain or promote it. Earlier this year, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko openly admitted that the ceasefire was a tactic to buy time so that kyiv could build up an army for a military solution.
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