‘No other option’: Excerpts of Putin’s speech declaring war | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

Within the early hours of Thursday, February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin made one other deal with to the nation, saying a “particular army operation” towards Ukraine.

The speech got here on the heels of his choice to recognise the Donetsk Folks’s Republic and Luhansk Folks’s Republic on February 21 and the signing of mutual cooperation agreements between Russia and the 2 breakaway areas.

Beneath are highlights translated by Al Jazeera workers based mostly on the transcript, launched by the Russian presidency:

“Revered residents of Russia! Expensive mates!

“Right now, I once more think about it obligatory to come back again to the tragic occasions happening within the Donbass and the important thing situation of making certain Russian safety. Let me begin with what I mentioned in my deal with of February 21. I’m referring to what causes us explicit concern and nervousness – these elementary threats towards our nation that 12 months after 12 months, step-by-step, are offensively and unceremoniously created by irresponsible politicians within the West.

“I’m referring to the growth of the NATO to the east, transferring its army infrastructure nearer to Russian borders. It’s well-known that for 30 years we’ve got persistently and patiently tried to succeed in an settlement with the main NATO international locations on the ideas of equal and inviolable safety in Europe. In response to our proposals, we consistently confronted both cynical deception and lies, or makes an attempt to strain and blackmail, whereas NATO, regardless of all our protests and considerations, continued to steadily broaden. The conflict machine is transferring and, I repeat, it’s coming near our borders.”


“After the collapse of the USSR, the realignment of the world started, and the norms of worldwide legislation that had been developed – the important thing, primary ones being adopted within the aftermath of World Battle II and largely consolidating its consequence – started to get in the way in which of the self-proclaimed winner of the Chilly Battle.

“In fact, in sensible life, in worldwide relations and the principles that regulated them, it was essential to take note of modifications within the state of affairs on the planet and the stability of energy. This could have been finished professionally, easily, patiently, considering and respecting the pursuits of all international locations and understanding one’s personal accountability. However no, the euphoria from having absolute superiority, a sort of modern-day absolutism, and the low stage of basic tradition and vanity of decision-makers [led to] choice ready, adopted and pushed via that had been helpful just for themselves. The scenario started to develop in accordance with a special situation.

“You don’t should look far for examples. First, with none approval from the UN Safety Council, they carried out a bloody army operation towards Belgrade, utilizing plane and missiles proper within the very centre of Europe. [They carried out] a number of weeks of steady bombing of cities and important infrastructure. Now we have to remind of those details, as some Western colleagues don’t like to recollect these occasions, and after we speak about it, they like to level to not the norms of worldwide legislation, however to the circumstances that they interpret as they see match.

“Then got here the flip of Iraq, Libya, Syria. The illegitimate use of army pressure towards Libya, the twisting of all choices taken by the UN Safety Council on the Libyan situation led to the entire destruction of the state, to the emergence of a serious hotbed of worldwide terrorism, to a humanitarian disaster and a civil conflict that has not ended to this present day. The tragedy, to which they doomed a whole lot of 1000’s, tens of millions of individuals not solely in Libya, however all through this area, gave rise to an enormous migration wave from North Africa and the Center East to Europe.

“They ensured an analogous destiny for Syria. The Western coalition’s miliary actions on the territory of this nation with out the consent of the Syrian authorities or the approval of the UN Safety Council are nothing however aggression, intervention.

“Nonetheless, there’s a particular place for the invasion of Iraq, which was carried out additionally with none authorized grounds. As a pretext, they put ahead supposedly dependable data from the USA concerning the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. As proof of this, publicly, in entrance of the eyes of the entire world, the US Secretary of State shook some sort of a check tube with white powder, assuring everybody that this can be a chemical weapon being developed in Iraq. After which it turned out that each one this was a hoax, a bluff: there have been no chemical weapons in Iraq.”


“On this context, there have been guarantees to our nation to not broaden NATO even one inch to the east. I repeat – they deceived us, in different phrases, they merely conned us. Sure, you possibly can usually hear that politics is a unclean enterprise. Maybe [that is so], however to not this extent. In spite of everything, such dishonest behaviour contradicts not solely the ideas of worldwide relations, however above all the widely recognised norms of morality. The place is justice and reality right here? Simply complete lies and hypocrisy.

“By the way in which, American politicians, political scientists and journalists themselves write and say that lately, an precise “empire of lies” has been created inside the USA. It’s exhausting to disagree with that, because it’s true. However allow us to not understate: the USA is a superb nation, a system-forming energy. All her satellites not solely dutifully agree, sing alongside to its music, but in addition copy its behaviour, and enthusiastically settle for the principles they’re provided. Subsequently, with good cause, we are able to confidently say that your entire so-called Western bloc, shaped by the USA in its personal picture and likeness, all of it’s an “empire of lies”.”


“Regardless of all of this, in December 2021 we as soon as once more made an try to agree with the USA and its allies on the ideas of making certain safety in Europe and on the non-expansion of NATO. Every thing was in useless. The US place didn’t change. They didn’t think about it obligatory to barter with Russia on this necessary situation for us, persevering with to pursue their very own targets and disregarding our pursuits.”


“As for the army sphere, at this time fashionable Russia, even after the collapse of the USSR and the lack of a major a part of its capability, is likely one of the strongest nuclear powers on the planet and possesses sure benefits in among the latest sorts of weaponry. On this regard, nobody ought to have any doubts {that a} direct assault on our nation will result in defeat and horrible penalties for any potential aggressor.”


“As NATO expands to the east, with each passing 12 months, the scenario for our nation is getting worse and extra harmful. Furthermore, in latest days the management of NATO has been brazenly speaking about the necessity to pace up, pressure the development of the Alliance’s infrastructure to the borders of Russia. In different phrases, they’re doubling down on their place. We will now not simply watch what is occurring. It will be completely irresponsible on our half.

“Additional growth of the NATO infrastructure and the start of army improvement in Ukraine’s territories are unacceptable for us. The issue, after all, shouldn’t be NATO itself – it’s only an instrument of US international coverage. The issue is that within the territories adjoining to us – territories that had been traditionally ours, I emphasise – an “anti-Russia” hostile to us is being created, positioned below full exterior management; [it] is intensively settled by the armed forces of NATO international locations and is equipped with probably the most fashionable weapons.

“For the USA and its allies, that is the so-called coverage of containment of Russia, [which brings] apparent geopolitical advantages. And for our nation, that is in the end a matter of life and loss of life, a matter of our historic future as a individuals. And this isn’t an exaggeration – it’s true. It is a actual menace not simply to our pursuits, however to the very existence of our state, its sovereignty. That is the very pink line that has been talked about many instances. They crossed it.

“In regards to the scenario within the Donbas. We see that the forces that carried out a coup in Ukraine in 2014, seized energy and are holding it via sham electoral procedures, have given up on the peaceable settlement of the battle. For eight years, for eight lengthy years, we’ve got finished every thing doable to resolve the scenario by peaceable, political means. All was in useless.

“As I mentioned in my earlier deal with, one can not take a look at what is occurring there with out compassion. It’s merely not doable to face all this any extra. It’s obligatory to instantly cease this nightmare – the genocide towards the tens of millions of individuals dwelling there, who rely solely on Russia, solely on us. These aspirations, emotions, ache of persons are the principle motivation for us to take the choice to recognise the individuals’s republics of Donbas.

“What I feel is necessary to emphasize additional is that the main NATO international locations, with a view to obtain their very own targets, help excessive nationalists and neo-Nazis in Ukraine, who, in flip, won’t ever forgive the Crimeans and Sevastopol residents for selecting reunification with Russia.

“They, after all, will crawl into the Crimea, similar to within the Donbas, with a view to kill, simply because the gangs of Ukrainian nationalists, Hitler’s accomplices, killed defenceless individuals in the course of the Nice Patriotic Battle. They freely lay declare to various different Russian territories.

“The course of occasions and the incoming data present that Russia’s conflict with these forces is inevitable. It is just a matter of time: they’re preparing, they’re ready for the appropriate time. Now in addition they declare to accumulate nuclear weapons. We won’t enable this to occur.”


“Now we have been left no different possibility to guard Russia and our individuals, however for the one that we are going to be pressured to make use of at this time. The scenario requires us to take decisive and fast motion. The individuals’s republics of Donbass turned to Russia with a request for assist.

“On this regard, in accordance with Article 51 of Half 7 of the UN Constitution, with the approval of the Federation Council of Russia and in pursuance of the treaties of friendship and mutual help ratified by the Duma on February 22 with the Donetsk Folks’s Republic and the Luhansk Folks’s Republic, I made a decision to launch a particular army operation.

“Its objective is to guard individuals who have been subjected to abuse and genocide by the regime in Kyiv for eight years. And for this we’ll pursue the demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine, in addition to bringing to justice those that dedicated quite a few bloody crimes towards civilians, together with residents of the Russian Federation.

“Our plans don’t embrace the occupation of Ukrainian territories. We’re not going to impose something on anybody by pressure. On the similar time, we hear that lately within the West there may be speak that the paperwork signed by the Soviet totalitarian regime, securing the result of World Battle II, ought to now not be upheld. Properly, what’s the reply to this?

“The end result of World Battle II, in addition to the sacrifices made by our individuals on the altar of victory over Nazism, are sacred. However this doesn’t contradict the excessive values of human rights and freedoms, based mostly on the realities which have developed at this time within the a long time following conflict. It additionally doesn’t cancel the appropriate of countries to self-determination, enshrined in Article 1 of the UN Constitution.”


“On this regard, I attraction to the residents of Ukraine. In 2014, Russia was obliged to guard the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol from these whom you your self name “Nazis”. Crimeans and Sevastopol residents made their option to be with their historic homeland, with Russia, and we supported this. I repeat, we merely couldn’t do in any other case.

“What is occurring at this time doesn’t come out of a need to infringe on the pursuits of Ukraine and the Ukrainian individuals. It’s associated to the safety of Russia itself from those that took Ukraine hostage and try to make use of it towards our nation and its individuals.”


“I additionally want to handle the army personnel of the Ukrainian armed forces.

“Expensive comrades! Your fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers didn’t combat the Nazis and defend our frequent Motherland, in order that at this time’s neo-Nazis can seize energy in Ukraine. You took an oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian individuals, and to not the anti-national junta that plunders Ukraine and abuses its individuals.

“Don’t observe its prison orders. I urge you to put down your weapons instantly and go house. I need to clarify that each one servicemen of the Ukrainian military who accomplish that will be capable of freely go away the fight zone and return to their households.

“As soon as once more, I emphasise, all accountability for doable bloodshed will lay on the conscience of the ruling regime in Ukraine.

“Now a couple of necessary, essential phrases for individuals who could also be tempted to intervene within the ongoing occasions. Whoever tries to hinder us, or threaten our nation or our individuals, ought to know that Russia’s response might be fast and can lead you to penalties that you’ve by no means confronted in your historical past. We’re prepared for any flip of occasions. All obligatory choices on this regard have been made. I hope that I might be heard.”


“Expensive compatriots!

“I’m assured that the troopers and officers of the Russian Armed Forces dedicated to their nation will professionally and courageously fulfil their responsibility. I’ve little question that each one ranges of presidency, the consultants accountable for the soundness of our financial system, monetary system and social sphere, the heads of our firms and all Russian enterprise will act in a coordinated and environment friendly method. I rely on a patriotic consensus place of all parliamentary events and public forces.

“Because it has all the time been the case in our historical past, the destiny of Russia is within the dependable palms of our multinational individuals. And which means the choices made might be carried out, the targets set might be achieved, the safety of our Motherland might be reliably assured.

“I consider in your help, in that invincible energy that our love for the Fatherland provides us.”

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