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Vladimir Putin, The President Of Russia, Turns 70

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Days after Moscow mobilized its military, threatened to use nuclear weapons, and moved to annex a sizable portion of #Ukraine, Russian President #Vladimir Putin celebrates his 70th birthday today. Additionally, it has been more than 200 days since Moscow occupied the now-aspiring EU member state.

The executive of the European Union proposed additional sanctions against Russia for its conflict with Ukraine on September 28. These included tighter trade restrictions, the addition of more people to personal blacklists, and a cap on oil prices for developing countries. In the worst escalation of the Ukraine war since Moscow’s incursion on February 24, Putin approved a plan to seize control of a region of Ukrainian territory the size of Hungary and activated 300,000 reservists. “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will, without doubt, use all available means to protect Russia and our people – this is not a bluff,” Putin said in a televised address to the nation.

Without providing specific proof, Putin claimed that the West was attempting to destroy Russia and was “nuclear blackmailing” it by allegedly discussing the use of nuclear weapons against Moscow. He also claimed that the US, the EU, and Britain had encouraged Ukraine to conduct military operations inside of Russia.

The Kremlin leader’s speech, which came after a significant Russian defeat in northeastern Ukraine, fueled speculation about the outcome of the conflict and Putin’s future while also showing that he was stepping up what he calls his “special military operation” in the country. Putin is essentially betting that by raising the prospect of a direct confrontation with NATO, which is commanded by the United States, the West will reconsider its support for Ukraine, even though it has not yet indicated that it will. Since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when many feared the start of nuclear war, tens of thousands of people have died as a result of Putin’s war in Ukraine, which has also led to the biggest conflict with the West since that time.

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