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Putin says 'no other way' to defend Russia other than invading Ukraine

In this file photo taken on August 23, 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the International Military-Technical Forum "Army-2021" held in the Patriot Park, in Kubinka outside Moscow. (Photo: AFP)
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.اضافة اعلان

"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".

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