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12 April 2022, 13:03

Putin on special operation in Ukraine: We had no choice

Vladimir Putin. Photo courtesy of the press service of the Russian president
Vladimir Putin. Photo courtesy of the press service of the Russian president

AMUR OBLAST, 12 April (BelTA) – Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that there was no alternative to the special military operation in Ukraine. The Russian president made this statement as he talked to the cosmonauts and staff of the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Oblast on 12 April, BelTA has learned.

“Obviously, we had no choice. It was the right step,” Vladimir Putin said.

The president of Russia believes that the goals of the special operation will be achieved. “It will be so. There is no doubt about it. The goals are absolutely clear. They are noble,” Vladimir Putin emphasized.

He recalled that in his very first public statement, in his address to the country and the armed forces regarding the special operation, he named its main goal - to help the people of Donbass. The Russian leader noted that the Kiev authorities, pushed by the West, refused to implement the Minsk agreements aimed at a peaceful resolution of the problems of Donbass. “It is simply impossible to continue tolerating this genocide that lasted for 8 years. This is the first thing. And the second thing - they began to turn Ukraine, unfortunately, into an anti-Russian springboard. They began to nurture the ideas of nationalism and neo-Nazism that had been there for a long time,” he said.

In this regard, a clash was inevitable, and Russia took measures to ensure its security. “Obviously, we had no other choice. It was the right step,” the Russian leader said.

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