Russia was left with no other choice, says Putin on military operations in Ukraine

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia has no choice but to conduct military operations in Ukraine.

Putin said on Thursday morning that a special military operation was being launched “to protect” the people in the Donbass region. He also warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with Russian action would have “consequences”.

Leaders of several countries, including the UK, US, Canada and the European Union, have condemned Russia’s military operations in the Donbass region.

Tensions between the two countries escalated after Putin on Monday recognized separate regions of Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent entities, adding to the ongoing tension between the two countries. Ukraine gained independence in 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Expressing dismay at UN chief Antonio Guterres’ statement on Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Guterres’ statements were amenable to pressure from the West and were contrary to his position and powers under the UN Charter.

The Foreign Ministry tweeted, “To our great regret, @antonioguterres has been liable to pressure from the West and has made several statements on developments in Eastern Ukraine, contrary to their position and powers under the UN Charter. ” of Russia.

He made the remarks during talks with Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria in Moscow.

“All these years, the UN Secretary-General should have demanded that Kiev implement Minsky

Agreement, primarily by developing a dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk, which is clearly set out in the Minsk Package of Measures and UNSC Resolution 2202,” MoFA Russia added.


First published:February 24, 2022, 10:32 PM

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