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Putin Accuses West of Waging War Through Ukraine, Threatens Asymmetric Response

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Western countries of direct involvement in the Ukraine war by supplying weapons, warning of an 'asymmetric response' and emphasizing Russia's nuclear doctrine.

Tensions Escalate as Putin Accuses West of Waging War Through Ukraine

During a recent meeting with representatives from international news agencies, Russian President Vladimir Putin escalated his rhetoric against Western nations, accusing them of direct involvement in the Ukraine conflict. According to the Russian news agency Tass, Putin argued that the West's provision of weapons to Ukraine amounts to participation in the war. He warned that Russia could respond 'asymmetrically' if its territory were attacked from Ukraine using Western-supplied arms.

Putin expressed severe disapproval of Western nations supplying arms to Ukraine, particularly long-range missiles. He suggested that Russia might deploy similar weapons closer to Western countries as a countermeasure, stating, 'If we see that these countries are dragged into a war against the Russian Federation, then we reserve the right to act in the same way.' This comes amid growing concerns over a potential global conflict, as Western nations debate on how to support Ukraine's resistance without further aggravating Russia.

The Russian President also touched upon the sensitive issue of foreign military advisors and trainers in Ukraine, alleging their direct involvement on the battlefield and claiming that Western nations are concealing their casualties. Putin warned that the supply of weapons and the presence of Western military personnel in Ukraine represent a 'serious and dangerous step,' escalating the already tense situation.

Vladimir Putin reiterated Russia's commitment to its nuclear doctrine, which he emphasized should not be taken lightly. The doctrine states that Russia could use nuclear weapons if its sovereignty or territorial integrity were threatened. Putin stated, 'For some reason, the West believes that Russia will never use it. We have a nuclear doctrine, look what it says. This should not be taken lightly.'

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is seeking diplomatic and economic support from Gulf and European allies. Amidst the escalating conflict, Zelensky traveled to Qatar to discuss potential mediation in the return of Ukrainian children from Russia and bilateral issues. Following this, he is expected in France for the commemoration of the Allied landings in Normandy, with other world leaders including US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also in attendance.

  • Putin specifically warned about the delivery of German Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine. He expressed the moral and ethical shock caused by the appearance of German tanks on Ukrainian soil to Russians, due to historical sensitivities from World War II.
  • At the St. Petersburg economic forum, Putin discussed the unequal loss ratio between Russian and Ukrainian troops, claiming a favorable difference for Russia. He stated that Russia holds significantly more Ukrainian prisoners compared to the number of Russian troops held by Ukraine.
  • Interactive maps of the frontline in Ukraine, detailing territorial changes and the current status of the conflict, provide critical insights into the latest developments in Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
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