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Russia: 'We haven't really started anything yet' - Putin on situation in Ukraine04:59

Russia: 'We haven't really started anything yet' - Putin on situation in Ukraine

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 7, 2022 at 18:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Commenting on the situation in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia 'hasn't really started anything yet', at a meeting with the leadership of the State Duma and the leaders of political parties in the Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in Moscow, on Thursday.

"Today we hear that they want to beat us on the battlefield. What can I say? Let them try. We have already heard a lot that the West wants to fight us 'to the last Ukrainian'. It's a tragedy for the Ukrainian people, but that's what it seems to be coming to. However, everyone should know that we haven't really started anything yet," the president noted.

In addition, Putin stated that the collective West 'organised and supported unconstitutional armed revolution in 2014', 'justified the genocide' against the Donbass residents, and was 'the direct instigator, the culprit of what is happening today'.

The president also noted that the anti-sanctions measures taken by Russia helped minimize 'the hostile actions of Western countries'.

"The introduced measures, illegal measures against Russia - create difficulties for us, it is an obvious fact, but not at all of the kind that the initiators of the economic blitzkrieg against Russia hoped for. Obviously, they tried not simply to hit the Russian economy hard, they aimed to sow discord and confusion in our society, to demoralise people. However, they miscalculated even here: it did not work out and, I'm sure, it won't," Putin said.

Moscow launched a military offensive on Ukraine in late February after recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' independence (DPR and LPR).

Kiev has denounced the Russian offensive into its territory, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.

During recent peace talks, Russia has required that Ukraine declares itself officially a neutral country, providing guarantees that it will never join NATO.

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Commenting on the situation in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia 'hasn't really started anything yet', at a meeting with the leadership of the State Duma and the leaders of political parties in the Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in Moscow, on Thursday.

"Today we hear that they want to beat us on the battlefield. What can I say? Let them try. We have already heard a lot that the West wants to fight us 'to the last Ukrainian'. It's a tragedy for the Ukrainian people, but that's what it seems to be coming to. However, everyone should know that we haven't really started anything yet," the president noted.

In addition, Putin stated that the collective West 'organised and supported unconstitutional armed revolution in 2014', 'justified the genocide' against the Donbass residents, and was 'the direct instigator, the culprit of what is happening today'.

The president also noted that the anti-sanctions measures taken by Russia helped minimize 'the hostile actions of Western countries'.

"The introduced measures, illegal measures against Russia - create difficulties for us, it is an obvious fact, but not at all of the kind that the initiators of the economic blitzkrieg against Russia hoped for. Obviously, they tried not simply to hit the Russian economy hard, they aimed to sow discord and confusion in our society, to demoralise people. However, they miscalculated even here: it did not work out and, I'm sure, it won't," Putin said.

Moscow launched a military offensive on Ukraine in late February after recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' independence (DPR and LPR).

Kiev has denounced the Russian offensive into its territory, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.

During recent peace talks, Russia has required that Ukraine declares itself officially a neutral country, providing guarantees that it will never join NATO.