Putin speaks of “real war” against Russia
STORY: In a 10-minute speech in Red Square, Putin reiterated familiar messages he had conveyed many times over the nearly 15 months of what Russia calls its “military special operation” in Ukraine.
“Today, civilization once again stands at a crucial turning point, a real war has once again been unleashed against our homeland. But we fought back against international terrorism,” he said.
Putin did not address the challenges Russia faces as its forces prepare for an expected major counteroffensive by Ukraine, or outline a path to victory.