Putin says Russian offensive in Ukraine will not be fought – War in Ukraine

The Russian President said this Tuesday that Russia will achieve its “noble goals” in Ukraine and guaranteed that the West will not isolate its regime, as “it is impossible to isolate anyone in the modern world”.In the first public intervention after a week of silence, Vladimir Putin also said that peace talks were stalled and blamed Ukraine. Putin alleges that the Kiev government deviated from the Istanbul accords, leaving the peace process “at an impasse” difficult to overcome. On sanctions on Russia, he compared them to a blitzkrieg, using the term for the Nazi campaign in World War II. “The Blitzkrieg that Russia’s enemies were counting on didn’t work,” he said. Nothing will stop Russia until it controls the Donbass, assured the Russian leader, claiming that the invasion was aimed at “saving people and guaranteeing Russia’s security”, objectives he classified as “clear and noble”. In his view, Russia had no choice, as it had to defend Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine and prevent the neighboring country from becoming a hotbed of anti-Russian action that could be used as a springboard by Moscow’s enemies.As for the massacres blamed on Russia, especially that of Bucha, he said that they are as “false” as the accusations of chemical attacks made against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. On the war in Syria, he also said that the US carried out the massacres and mentioned Raqqa, controlled by Daesh: “Did you see how this city was reduced to rubble by American planes? Corpses lay in the ruins decomposing for months and nobody cared about it,” he said. Russians accused of raping and impregnating minors
Russian troops are accused of raping hundreds of women and girls, many of them minors, in the occupied cities. In Bucha alone, 25 young people are said to have been repeatedly abused during weeks of captivity, nine of whom became pregnant. UN Women official Sima Bahous assured that the allegations will be investigated as they are a worrying indication of “brutality against civilians” and the use of rape as a weapon of war.

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