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Russian forces will carry out 'special military operation' in Ukraine, says Putin
Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia will carry out a “special military operation” in Ukraine, Reuters reports.
In an address to the Russian people under way now and coinciding with the United nations security council meeting, the Russian president also said:
clashes between Ukrainian and Russian forces are “inevitable” and “only a question of time”.
Further nato expansion and its use of Ukraine’s territory are unacceptable
the Russian military operation aims to “protect people”
circumstances “demand decisive action from Russia”
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