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Kremlin says Russia is at war due to Western intervention on Ukrainian side

Kremlin says Russia is at war due to Western intervention on Ukrainian side
A T-72B3 tank of the Russian West troops firing at positions of the diversion-reconnaissance group of Ukrainian troops in the border areas of the Belgorod region, Russia, 19 March 2024. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that it was working to prevent the penetration of Ukrainian sabotage groups into the border territory. EPA-EFE/RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE/HANDOUT

MOSCOW, March 22 (Reuters) - Russia regards itself to be at war due to the West's intervention on Ukraine's side and cannot allow a state to exist on its borders that has shown itself ready to use any method to seize control of Crimea, the Kremlin said on Friday.

The comments from Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov to the Russian publication “Arguments and Facts”, some of his most hawkish on Ukraine yet, followed a large-scale overnight Russian attack on Ukrainian energy infrastructure.

“We are in a state of war. Yes, it started out as a special military operation, but as soon as this group was formed, when the collective West became a participant in this on the side of Ukraine, it became a war for us,” Peskov said.

“I am convinced of that. And everyone should understand this, for their internal motivation.”

Russian officials, from President Vladimir Putin down, have gradually started to use the word “war” from time to time having long insisted previously that the term be avoided.

Peskov said also that Russia must fully “liberate” its “new regions” to ensure people’s safety there, a reference to the four Ukrainian regions which Russia claimed to have annexed in 2022.

Kyiv says Russia’s annexation was an illegal land grab and that it will not rest until every Russian soldier is ejected from its soil. It is also determined to return the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia took from it in 2014.

Moscow, which has invested heavily in Crimea, says the peninsula is part of Russia and that its status has been settled once and for all.

(Reporting by ReutersEditing by Andrew Osborn)

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  • Beyond Fedup says:

    The TRUTH is Russia is at war due to a deranged, evil and bloodthirsty psychopath and mass-murderer, who has idiotic dreams, in this day and age, of restoring the vile and brutal Soviet/Russian empire on nations and countries that are NOT Russian and never were. These degenerate Putin poodles like Peskov, Lavrov, Olga Skabeeva etc. are like their warlord – masters of misinformation, lies, deceit, deception and propaganda. Only such idiots as them, the rotten Kremlin and the useful and hypocritical idiots around the world like Cyril, Pandor, anc etc. would ever believe such outright lies!!

  • Rodney Weidemann says:

    Russia regards itself to be at war due to the fact that it rolled its tanks across the Ukrainian borders two years ago, and says it cannot allow a state to exist on its borders that has shown itself ready to use any method to claim back territory stolen from it by those very same invaders.

    There, Kremlin, I fixed the errors in the story for you.

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