Putin slams US, threatens countries that interfere with his invasion ‘consequences you have never seen’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has initiated an invasion into Ukraine and warned other nations of “consequences you have never seen” if they interfere in his plans.

The Russian leader announced the invasion in a nationally televised speech delivered late Wednesday. The speech centered on Putin’s longstanding grievances about the encroachment of NATO into territories/nations adjacent to Russia.

He claimed that despite attempts “over the past 30 years” to reach some sort of agreement with NATO, “the North Atlantic alliance continued to expand.”

“Its military machine is moving and, as I said, is approaching our very border,” he complained.

He further accused the West — and particularly the United States — of acting like a bully and forcing its wants and desires down the throats of every nation, regardless of what individual nations want.

He attributed this behavior to the West’s alleged “feeling of absolute superiority, a kind of modern absolutism, coupled with the low cultural standards and arrogance of those who formulated and pushed through decisions that suited only themselves.”

As examples, he cited the West’s actions in Libya, Syria and especially Iraq, where he said the West “used the pretext of allegedly reliable information available in the United States about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq” to invade.

Returning to the topic of Ukraine, he framed his own invasion as a liberating force meant to untether Ukraine from the allegedly corrupt grip of the West.

“The purpose of this operation is to protect people who, for eight years now, have been facing humiliation and genocide perpetrated by the Kiev regime. To this end, we will seek to demilitarise and denazify Ukraine, as well as bring to trial those who perpetrated numerous bloody crimes against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation,” he said.

He vowed that he doesn’t intend to “occupy the Ukrainian territory” or “impose anything on anyone by force.”

However, he warned, other nations will face his wrath if they interfere.

“No matter who tries to stand in our way or all the more so create threats for our country and our people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history,” he said.

“No matter how the events unfold, we are ready. All the necessary decisions in this regard have been taken. I hope that my words will be heard.”

Shortly after the first explosions began being heard in Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden issued a statement accusing Putin of perpetrating “an unprovoked and unjustified attack” and vowing to hold Russia “responsible” for whatever comes next.

“President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable,” he said.

He added that he intends to meet with the United States’ “G7 counterparts” Thursday morning to determine their next steps.

“We will also coordinate with our NATO Allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression against the Alliance. Tonight, Jill and I are praying for the brave and proud people of Ukraine,” he concluded.

As of early Thursday morning, Russia’s invasion into Ukraine was being described by the European nation’s officials and the media alike as a “full-scale invasion.”

“[S]everal areas throughout Ukraine were targeted by missile strikes — prompting Ukrainians to start fleeing — while Russian forces also landed troops on the country’s south coast, signalling the operation was not limited to the east,” the Global News reported.

“At least 40 people have been killed and dozens were wounded by the Russian shelling, an advisor to the Ukrainian presidential office said. He did not specify if any of the dead were civilians.”

See more footage of the events in Ukraine below:

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