The war in Ukraine has now lasted a full three weeks and is escalating more and more devastatingly – but there is no stopping Putin. If the Kremlin boss has his way, his “special operation” will also be carried out “to the bitter end,” as he explained in a new aggressive video address. The words of the Russian President are causing ever deeper lines of concern in the West, the fronts have finally hardened: US President Joe Biden named Putin on Wednesday after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj spoke to the US Congress via video link (eXXpress reported here and here) openly a “war criminal”.
Meanwhile, the situation in Ukraine was escalating on the 20th day of the war, but there was a glimmer of hope when Lavrov saw Ukraine’s neutrality as a compromise solution and Kremlin officials announced that peace talks with Ukraine were going “well”.
Putin also said that everything was going “well and according to plan” – albeit in a completely different context. In fact, in his most recent speech, the Russian President was miles away from voicing a possible peace – quite the opposite: Putin made a clear announcement to Ukraine about war – or, as Putin calls it, his “special operation for demilitarization and denazification Of Ukraine”.
According to his statements, this continues to develop “successfully” – and further: all activities of his units “would be carried out to the end”. Postscript: “The current format (of the ‘special operation’, note) is the only possible one.”
Translated, this means: For Putin there is no alternative – war is the only way for the Kremlin boss. And he won’t stop until he gets what he wants. And that is no longer just the “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine” alone, no – now he has an even greater goal, namely: “Draw a line under the global dominance of the West.”
This announcement was followed by a new, supplementary explanation of Putin’s war of aggression in Ukraine, and why his soldiers did not just invade Donbass as announced – a first. His reasoning is as follows: Putin explained that namely, with the help of the United States, Ukraine is conducting “experiments on African swine fever, cholera and the coronavirus” and is working to create biological weapons.
This allegation as an official war argument is new – even if reports about the alleged destruction of laboratories and experiments with biological weapons in the course of the flourishing war propaganda have been circulating again and again, this was the first time that the Kremlin chief officially used this narrative thread for himself and his position ” legitimized”. Its original starting point was the fight against an alleged rule by “neo-Nazis”, “fascists” and “drug addicts” in Kyiv.
With the new line of argument, however, Putin involves the West directly in the war and turns the USA into a conspirator and alleged criminal with sinister goals: Putin went further and explained that the West wanted to “smash” and “abolish” Russia. The Russian Federation will be “sent to the afterlife,” Russia will be “turned into a weak, dependent country,” and “at best,” dismembered, Putin said.
The sanctions, which Putin and his Kremlin henchmen had previously described as a “declaration of war”, are now presented as a direct act of war: the West used the sanctions to try to defeat its country in an “economic blitzkrieg”. But not with Putin: “Many countries” would have “reconciled themselves to living with bent backs, but Russia will never be in such a miserable and humiliated state,” Putin said combatively.
At the end of his speech, the Russian President finally took aim at his own compatriots – at least those whose attitudes and values do not correspond to those of Putin: He called Western-oriented Russians “traitors” and openly threatened the “unpatriotic” Russian citizens: “I condemn certainly not those who have a villa in Miami or on the Côte d’Azur and cannot do without foie gras, oysters or so-called ‘sexual liberties’. But the problem is absolutely not that, but the fact that many such people are spiritually there, not here, not with our people, not with Russia,” Putin said, according to the state agency TASS.