Putin: War will continue until "full completion"
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine would "continue until its full completion and the fulfillment of the tasks that have been set,” the Associated Press reports.
- "What we are doing is helping people and saving people, on the one hand, and on the other hand, we are simply taking measures to ensure the security of Russia itself," Putin said.
- "It is obvious that we had no other choice," he said on Tuesday while visiting Vostochny spaceport in the Russian Far East with Belarusian President Lukashenko.
Putin's visit to the spaceport marked the anniversary of the first human spaceflight in 1961.
- He said that despite Western sanctions, Russia would proceed with its lunar program.
- "We are not going to isolate ourselves, and it is generally impossible to isolate anyone in the modern world, and most certainly not as huge a country as Russia," the president said.
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