60,000 dead in three months, billions in damage, unbelievable grief, plus the suffering of the civilian population and a European economic crisis: Vladimir Putin is now trying to gloss over these terrible consequences of his “special operation”, i.e. the invasion of Ukraine. According to the Interfax news agency, in a conversation with young companies ahead of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the president went so far as to compare the conquest of Ukraine with the Northern War (1700-1721).
Here’s a quote from Putin, which can definitely be taken as a threat: “It’s impossible – you understand? – impossible to build a fence around a country like Russia. And we have no plans to build that fence.”
Putin actually compared the invasion of Ukraine to the war against Sweden in the 18th century: “Retrieval and strengthening” are still tasks of state leadership in Russia today. The President said: “Yes, there have been times in our country’s history when we have been forced to retreat – but only to regain our strength and move forward.”
June 9th is the 350th birthday of Peter the Great, who was the first Russian tsar to give himself the title of Emperor and who, by conquering northern Russia, secured access to the Baltic Sea – as a so-called “window to Europe”.