Putin: War on ethnic Russians in Ukraine’s east ‘certainly looks like genocide’

Putin: War on ethnic Russians in Ukraine’s east ‘certainly looks like genocide’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced the oppression against ethnic Russians in Ukraine’s east as “certainly looking like genocide.”

Putin’s remarks, which came on Thursday amid rising tensions between Russia and West, were aimed at addressing the issue of discrimination against Russian speakers beyond Russia’s borders, many of whom live in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

“I have to say that Russophobia is a first step toward genocide,” the Russian leader said.

“We see and know what is happening in the Donbass. It certainly looks like genocide,” he added, referring to the conflict zone in the east of the country.

The comments came in the wake of US President Joe Biden’s talks with Ukraine’s leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the heads of other countries on Russia’s borders concerned over a purported threat of Russian military action against Ukraine.

Tensions have been growing in recent months as Russia has amassed troops on the border…

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