Vladimir Putin: Russia’s Goal is to End War that the West Orchestrated in Ukraine

On August 23, 2023, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared at a BRICs summit in Johannesburg, South Africa that Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine  is designed to end the war in Ukraine that Western nations and their satrapies have allegedly unleashed. 

“Russia has decided to support the people who are fighting for their culture, for their traditions, for their language and for their future. Our actions in Ukraine have only one reason – to put an end to the war that was unleashed by the West and their satellites in Ukraine against the people living in Donbass,” Putin stated.

He emphasized that the Collective West’s desire to preserve its hegemony in the world “has led to the grave crisis in Ukraine.”

Putin reminded summit participants “first, with the help of the Western countries, an unconstitutional coup d’etat was carried out in that country, and then a war was unleashed against those people who did not agree with that coup.”

“This brutal war, a war of extermination, had lasted for eight years,” Putin concluded.

While Russia is a great power with geopolitical interests that are often unsavory in nature, it’s not in the West’s interest to stoke conflict with Russia due to the fact that it’s a nuclear-armed power. 

The West’s universalist foreign policy ethos that has characterized it since the end of the Cold War has been thoroughly toxic. This mindset has propelled the US and its NATO satrapies to expand the NATO military alliance’s influence all the way up to Russia’s border. 

When Russia was weak, this expansion project could be carried out at will. With Russia ascendant, it can now halt any of these expansionist projects in a decisive manner as seen with its military operations in George and currently in Ukraine. 

Ultimately, the West is playing with fire here. If peace is to be achieved in Ukraine, the Collective West must stop sending military aid to the country.

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