Putin: Moscow will always defend ‘inseparable ethnic links’


Russia will always defend both “ethnic Russians in Ukraine, and that part of the Ukrainian population and people who feel their inseparable links – ethnic, as well as cultural – with Russia and feel part of the broader Russian world,” said the Russian president.

“And we will, of course, not only watch closely but also react adequately. I hope the Russian armed forces will not be required,” Putin said.

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