Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to launch a “thunderbolt” against any party attempting to interfere in the ongoing conflict with Ukraine, highlighting the West’s failure to break Russian forces.
In an address to the Russian parliament in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russian military actions in Ukraine will continue “to safeguard the security of civilians in Lugansk and Donetsk.”
In the aftermath of Western sanctions imposed on Moscow following the commencement of hostilities in Ukraine on February 24, Putin declared that “attempts to strangle Russia economically have entirely failed.”
Putin stated that the West is attempting to turn Ukraine into an archenemy of Russia, which is facing unprecedented strategic risks, while also emphasizing his country’s ability to overcome any challenges.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Moscow on Tuesday that discussions with Ukraine to settle the conflict between the two nations still hold “hope.”
“Although the military operation is still ongoing, we remain optimistic that we will be able to achieve a constructive outcome” from the talks, Putin told Guterres.
Putin said efforts in discussions with Ukraine had been hindered by Kyiv’s charges of atrocities in Bucha, near Kyiv, as he sat across from Guterres at a large table in the Kremlin.
Putin told Guterres that he was willing to discuss any military activities, but he blamed the instability in his neighbor on an “anti-state coup” in 2014 that toppled the country’s pro-Russian president.