Ukraine LIVE: Shock as Putin blames ‘unleashing war’ on West – warns ‘new stage’ in battle

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The Russian President unleashed a furious tirade at much of the rest of the world, claiming the “collaborative West is the direct instigator and perpetrator of what is happening today”. In televised remarks to parliamentary leaders, Vladimir Putin said: “Today we hear that we have started the war in the Donbas, Ukraine. No, it was unleashed by the collective West, which organised and supported the unconstitutional armed coup in Ukraine in 2014, and then encouraged and justified the genocide against people in Donbas.

“The collaborative West is the direct instigator and perpetrator of what is happening today.

“If the West wanted to provoke a conflict in order to move onto a new stage of fighting with Russia, to a new stage of containing our country, then we can say it has succeeded.

“The war has been unleashed. Sanctions have been imposed.”

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  • ‘We don’t reject peace talks’ Putin won’t rule out negotiations – but still sends warning

    Vladimir has boasted that Russia is only just getting into its stride with the war in Ukraine, but has also referred to the possibility of peace talks.

    He said: “Everyone should know that, by and large, we haven’t started anything yet in earnest. At the same time, we don’t reject peace talks.

    “But those who reject them should know that the further it goes, the harder it will be for them to negotiate with us.”

    It was the first mention of diplomacy for several weeks which have seen repeated statements from Russia that negotiations with Ukraine had completely broken down.

    ‘Let them try!’ Putin sends chilling war message to the West

    Vladimir Putin warned that Russia had barely got started in Ukraine and dared the West to try to defeat it on the battlefield.

    In a speech to parliamentary leaders more than four months into the war, the Russian President said the chances of any negotiation would decrease the longer the conflict continues.

    He said: “Today we hear that they want to defeat us on the battlefield. What can you say, let them try.

    “We have heard many times that the West wants to fight us to the last Ukrainian.

    “This is a tragedy for the Ukrainian people, but it seems that everything is heading towards this.”

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