Ukraine operation could take a long time - Putin

Posted On: Jan 31, 2023   |   Posted By: RT

Ukraine operation could take a long time - Putin

Russia has already achieved significant victories, the president said
The military operation in Ukraine may go on for a while, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, in a meeting with the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. Addressing a question about the duration of hostilities that escalated in February, Putin said that achieving all the objectives will take time, but pointed to several major gains already won.
“Of course, this might be a lengthy process,” Putin said, pointing out that the conflict really began in 2014, when the US backed a nationalist coup in Kiev. He explained that Moscow had little choice but to intervene in February, to defend the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk - which have since voted to join Russia, along with most of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.
“These new territories are a major gain for Russia,” the president said. “Even Peter the Great sought access to the Azov Sea, and it is now an internal sea of the Russian Federation.”
“Most importantly, the...

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