During his annual address and press conference on Dec. 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin repeated many of the gimmicks of earlier years: he expressed concern about a host of local problems, promising to investigate new ways to assist citizens, and used the publicly televised forum to expound his foreign policy objectives in Ukraine.

Putin, acknowledging that Russia now has 612,000 troops in Ukraine, in contrast to the roughly 600,000 that President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Ukrainian military has. When the full-scale invasion was launched, Russia was estimated to have roughly 150,000 troops in Ukraine.

Putin foreshadowed his future plans for Ukraine by referencing Odesa as a “Russian city,” explaining that his goals for Ukraine had not changed. In the lead-up to the full-scale invasion, Kremlin mouthpieces had often talked of the need to “liberate” Russian-speaking parts of the Ukraine.

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Putin named “denazification,” “demilitarization," and Ukraine’s “neutral status” as his ongoing objectives in his “special military option.” He claimed that the invasion of Ukraine was nearly “a civil war,” as it was aimed at preventing the West from supposedly absorbing Ukraine into NATO and other schemes, tearing it away from its natural ally, Russia. Putin highlighted his point by referring to the current war as being like a war between “brothers.”

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The Russian leader’s repeated demand of Ukrainian neutrality, which would trigger Kyiv to forgo any future attempts to fulfill its’ people longtime objectives of joining NATO, coupled with the de-militarization of the besieged nation, would leave Ukraine defenseless against future Russian aggression. It would be a nearly impossible hard-sale to the Ukrainian public who would likely actively oppose both proposals.

Putin showed no signs of appreciating that Ukraine did not desire to be part of the Russian Federation, mocking the West for having decided to back Ukraine. He noted that the West was quickly running out of “freebies” for Ukraine and that the latter “produced almost nothing.”

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Unlike Ukraine, which has struggled to find new recruits for the front, Putin claimed that Russia has plenty of new soldiers and so a second wave of mobilization would not be necessary. According to the Russian leader, 300,000 people were conscripted by the Russian Army and an additional 486,000 joined the Russian military on a contractual basis.

Russia, despite much larger numbers of soldiers than Ukraine, is thought to be suffering casualty rates significantly higher than that of Ukraine and has failed to make any significant gains in over half a year. Since the initial full-scale invasion in February 2022, Russia has continued to lose territory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Putin, remarkably, referred to Ukraine’s efforts to win a way into Kherson and Dnipro as “a tragedy,” claiming Ukraine had lost some of its “best troops.” Putin, whose soldiers, under his command, were responsible for the deaths of some of Ukraine’s “best troops,” did not acknowledge the irony of his statement.

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Moscow’s ban from participating in many international sports, including the 2024 Olympic Games in France, is something strongly supported by Kyiv. It clearly irks the Kremlin leader.

Putin argued that sports were meant to be outside of the realm of politics and to unite people, something that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was ignoring and questioned the sense of Russia even sending athletes to participate under a white flag.

Putin’s annual press conference, holding much of the same, ritualized questions-and-answers pre-organized debate about Russia’s future as previous years, revealed little that keen Kremlin-watchers would have not known.

However, the one fact was again made abundantly clear: Putin is seeking the subjugation of Ukraine and has no plans of modifying this goal.

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Roar Ruus Finsås
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Russia has a media strategy that is diametrically opposed to what democratic countries have. It is easy to read; - the more bragging and threats they make, the more problems they have. That's how they've always been in this castle in the air of a country, which Russia actually is. "Either you are with us or you are against us, and if you are against us we will kill you", is their ideology based on. A bizarre combination of inferiority complex and inflated self-image.

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asdf
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Why not just give up a little of the land and then join Nato.

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Paolo
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Not really learning anything new are we?
Putin telling the world he's playing the long game until he achieves victory blah blah blah

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ALFA BRAVO
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Bad news. He is going to galvanize the ring of fire of pacific. Just after locating soldiers in Yemen and Lebenon. He will shoot the underwater volcanos in pacific. Targeting north and north-east of ring of fire. He'll hit a few dozens of the pacific submarine volcanos with nuclear warheaded torpedos. Effect will be 20-30 tonga volcano effect in the atmosphere and giant tsunamis and 10 magnitude multiple eartquake storm series etc. Seat your belts. Dont worry, ukraine is among the most safe place in the world. Target is shaking whole east usa. Killing apprx. 150 millions. Shot nato in the head. This reminds me a song: chemical brothers - galvanize

ALFA BRAVO
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@ALFA BRAVO, uhhh....did i say east usa?? sorry i didnt meant he is going to shoot the atlantic ridge' fragile points with nukes like west of iceland. No that was not what i mean. because if he does this then whole west of europe and whole east of usa and canada will be screwed hard. This will hurt 0.7 billion. I wanted to mean, he is planning to screw west of usa by pacific ring shots. No, the biggest problem is not that. Forget about people, who cares ukraine or gaza or people. The biggest problem is dow jones and scary liqidity.

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@ALFA BRAVO, Dude, i think i found a more (x20) fragile point. Guardians must immediately send some forces to protect that point. This will hurt all north europe. If russia hits west of iceland, force of explosion will be weaker in down where a cross like in cemetary exist (52°42'29.1"N 35°15'49.7"W). But if russia hits this "cross" (given coordinates), then all cemeteries in mid-europe will be flooded with seawater. Especially holland but also england will be screwed fast & hard and enter to non-existance in the rest of the life of our poor earth. The wrost is: this cross is likely to crack left fastly to the frequently cracked canada-satan border. There is a very huge and natural river channel. I propose people of toronto, montreal and ottova to move but not to new york, chicago or washington. Waves will effect right half of usa, %80 of france, etc...You know what is the most worst: Hitting simultaneously 52°04'57.4"N 30°18'19.8"W in line with 52°42'29.1"N 35°15'49.7"W. This is chaos dude. Authorities must protect these points. Someone may drop pumpkins there or fire nuke torpedos. Forget about people but there are many pipelines and ocean communication cables. I dont understand stock exchange but i dont propose to invest in drop. Because there wont be any living cashier probably. That reminde me: Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Ballet.

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@ALFA BRAVO, no my sister no...the cross in deep is not short. It is very long up to right and left. But southward and northward gulf stream flows burried the big right and left long legs (or middle fingers). The longest fault in the waorld is not the san andreas; the longest ones lie here....many...And the twin centers of the chaos are these coordinates. Say hi to king and wear him and the dead queen life jackets please. That remind me a song : Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock

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