Putin says the invasion of Ukraine was the only way to defend Russia

Photo: Yuri Kochetkov / Pool Photo via AP, File

Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that there was no other way to defend Russia than to invade neighboring Ukraine.

On Thursday afternoon, Putin also said that Russia does not want to undermine the global economic system.

Putin stated he had no choice but to order what he called a special operation against Ukraine. He also said that all of Moscow’s previous attempts to change the security situation have been unsuccessful.

“What happened gave us no other choice. We had no other way forward,” Putin said.

Background: Russian attack on Ukraine

In the middle of the night, around 4 AM Norwegian time, in an extraordinary television address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was launching a military operation in Ukraine.

Putin announced the attack on Ukraine during an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council.

Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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