“Now we have a conflict where hundreds of thousands of people could theoretically die, which would never have happened, even in a million years if I were president,” Trump said, adding that “oil prices would be low.”
Speaking to supporters at a rally in the US state of Texas, Trump said that Russian President Vladimir Putin would “never go further.” He added that he “knows him well”.
Earlier, Trump said that negotiations should begin immediately to end the crisis in Ukraine. Otherwise, the situation could turn into World War III.
Invasion of Ukraine
By attacking Ukraine, Putin sparked Europe’s largest armed conflict since the end of World War II and imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia from the West.
In early September and October Russia announced the annexation of four Ukrainian provinces Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia. Previously, pseudo-referendums were organized under the barrels of Russian rifles, the results of which were predetermined in Moscow.
For Russia, the war is a “special military operation”
Moscow does not call its actions against Ukraine a war, but a “special military operation”, and demands that Kyiv “disarm and disarm” the country, as well as recognition of Crimea, which was annexed in 2014, to Russia.
After an unsuccessful attempt to seize Kyiv at the beginning of the war, Russian forces concentrated on taking complete control of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, which together make up the region known as Donbass. Moscow-backed separatists were in control of part of it before Putin ordered his forces to attack all of Ukraine.
The Russian invasion is the second phase of the conflict that has been going on since 2014. The war was preceded by the Maidan Revolution and the so-called Crimean Crisis that led to Russia’s annexation of the peninsula.
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