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Putin says Russia will achieve ‘noble’ aims of its Ukraine military campaign

Putin says Russia will achieve ‘noble’ aims of its Ukraine military campaign
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech, as he visits the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, some 180 km north of Blagoveschensk, in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, 12 April 2022. EPA-EFE/EVGENY BIYATOV / KREMLIN POOL / SPUTNIK MANDATORY CREDIT

April 12 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Moscow's military operation in Ukraine would undoubtedly achieve what he said were its "noble" objectives.

Speaking at an awards ceremony at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East, Putin was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies that said Moscow had no other choice but to launch a military operation to protect Russia and that a clash with Ukraine’s anti-Russian forces had been inevitable.

Its goals are absolutely clear and noble,” Putin said of Russia’s military campaign.

Putin said the main objective of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine was to save people in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014.

“On the one hand, we are helping and saving people, and on the other, we are simply taking measures to ensure the security of Russia itself,” Putin said. “It’s clear that we didn’t have a choice. It was the right decision.”

Millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee the country since Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 in what it called a special operation to degrade its southern neighbour’s military capabilities and root out people it called dangerous nationalists.

Ukrainian forces have mounted stiff resistance and the West has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia in an effort to force it to withdraw its forces.

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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  • Bruce Sobey says:

    So he needs to do a pre-emptive strike because he considers a country with less than a third of the annual military spend of Russia as a threat! He has rather a warped view of the world if he thinks it is a “noble objective” for his forces to bomb civilian woman and children, shoot unarmed people with their hands in the air, rape and pillage, to name a few things. An alternate hypothesis is that of The Logical Brute that “Vladimir Putin is a thug, and that Russia is what it has been for centuries – an aggressive, chauvinist, expansionist bully willing to follow a thug whether a czar or a commissar, from Ivan to Peter to Catherine to Stalin to Putin. “

  • Beyond Fedup says:

    What a load of rubbish that this evil monstrous man speaks. There nothing even remotely noble in what Putin is doing – just the same sick conduct of a depraved mass murderer and criminal. He wanted the whole of Ukraine and to decapitate the current leadership. Now that he has gotten a hiding like no other, it is only about the Donbas region. The population in Russia can believe your lies as they are force-fed outrageous propaganda, but the rest of us don’t believe the bile that you speak. You have zero credibility, are completely untrustworthy and most of us have nothing but utter contempt for you.

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