Kremlin says Russia ‘in a state of war’ in Ukraine for first time

Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman

© APA | Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman

# 22 March 2024 14:45 (UTC +04:00)

Russia regards itself to be at war due to the West's intervention on Ukraine's side and cannot allow a state to exist on its borders that has shown itself ready to use any method to seize control of Crimea, the Kremlin said on Friday, APA reports citing Reuters

The comments from Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov to the Russian publication "Arguments and Facts", some of his most hawkish on Ukraine yet, followed a large-scale overnight Russian attack on Ukrainian energy infrastructure.

"We are in a state of war. Yes, it started out as a special military operation, but as soon as this group was formed, when the collective West became a participant in this on the side of Ukraine, it became a war for us," Peskov said.

"I am convinced of that. And everyone should understand this, for their internal motivation."

Russian officials, from President Vladimir Putin down, have gradually started to use the word "war" from time to time having long insisted previously that the term be avoided.

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