Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Putin vows to win in Ukraine; Russia will expand its army

MOSCOW ( Associated Press) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the fighting in Ukraine as a “tragedy” but vowed to continue his campaign until his goals are achieved. For his part, his defense minister announced plans to increase the size of the Russian military from 1 million to 1.5 million soldiers.

During Putin’s meeting with military chiefs, minister Sergei Shoigu said the 1.5 million members should include 695,000 volunteer soldiers. The official did not say when the army plans to reach that number.

The minister also said that the Russian military would create new units in the west of the country in light of Finland and Sweden’s plans to join the NATO military alliance.

In September Putin ordered the mobilization of 300,000 reservists to reinforce Russian forces in Ukraine. Many Russians viewed the move with disgust. The president has said that 150,000 of them were deployed to war zones in the neighboring country, while the rest were in training.

In Wednesday’s speech, the Russian leader again accused Western countries of stoking the conflict in Ukraine as part of a centuries-old effort to weaken and ultimately divide Russia. Kyiv and its Western allies reject that rhetoric, saying the Russian attack was an unprovoked act of aggression.

Putin said on Wednesday, “We have always considered the people of Ukraine brothers and I still do.” “What is happening is certainly a tragedy, but it is not the result of our policy.”

Putin said, “For centuries, our strategic adversaries have aimed to disintegrate and weaken our country… considering it a huge and potential threat.”

When Putin sent in his troops in February, he said the action was aimed at “demilitarizing” Ukraine and preventing the country from joining NATO and becoming an anti-Russian bastion.

He also claimed that the attack was aimed at “anazizing” Ukraine to rid it of the perceived influence of radical nationalist groups and neo-Nazis, a charge that Kyiv and its allies deny.

Putin promised that the “special military operation” would continue until its tasks were completed.

“I have no doubt that all the targets that have been set will be achieved,” he said.

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