The Russian chief claimed that the West’s “financial blitzkrieg” had failed and that Russia was getting into a brand new period as a “highly effective sovereign nation”. Putin instructed Russia’s political and enterprise elite Friday forward of the Worldwide Financial Discussion board in St. Petersburg, a flagship occasion this 12 months with nearly no Western participation, that he would proceed his struggle in opposition to Ukraine.

He mentioned: “We’re robust folks and we are able to overcome any problem. Like our ancestors, we’ll clear up each drawback, the entire thousand-year historical past of our nation speaks of that.”

In his most bombastic speech because the begin of the struggle in Ukraine, Putin added that he would full his “particular operation” in Ukraine and that the Russians ought to help him to safe their future.

He mentioned: “Russia is getting into a brand new period as a robust sovereign nation and can develop into even stronger.

“Solely robust and sovereign states can have a say on this rising world order, in any other case they’re doomed to develop into colonies.”

He mentioned the invasion’s primary goal was to defend “our” folks within the largely Russian-speaking Donbass area of jap Ukraine — a justification that Kyiv and the West dismiss as a baseless pretext for a struggle that has already led to the occupation of components of southern Ukraine far past the Donbass.

Putin mentioned Russian troopers in Donbass had been additionally combating to defend Russia’s personal “rights to protected growth.”

He mentioned: “Within the present state of affairs, in opposition to the background of accelerating dangers for us and threats, Russia’s choice to conduct a particular navy operation was compelled – troublesome, in fact, however compelled and essential.”

The Russian chief has additionally declared the tip of the “period of the unipolar world”.

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The longtime Russian chief additionally accused the West of making an attempt to harm Russia’s economic system, calling the sanctions in opposition to Moscow “insane” and “reckless”.

He mentioned: “Their intention is obvious to crush the Russian economic system by breaking the chain of logistical chains, freezing nationwide property and attacking dwelling requirements, however they haven’t been profitable.

“It didn’t work. Russian businessmen have united to work diligently and rigorously, and step-by-step we’re normalizing the financial state of affairs.”

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