Putin says ‘no other way’ to defend Russia other than invading Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow had no other choice but to invade Ukraine to ensure Russia’s security, speaking hours after his army crossed his ex-Soviet neighbour’s borders.

“What was happening left us with no choice”, the Russian leader said, during a televised meeting with business representatives, adding that “we had no other way of proceeding”.

In a video grab taken from a handout footage made available yesterday, on the official website of the Russian President (kremlin.ru), President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation at the Kremlin in Moscow.

He announced a “military operation” in Ukraine on February 24 and called on soldiers there to lay down their arms, defying Western outrage and global appeals not to launch a war.

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