Russia's Special Operation Isn't 'Aggression,' Merely Putting End to Kiev's War on Donbass: Putin
"The people of Donetsk, Lugansk and Crimea did not want to accept the outcome of the 2014 coup [in Kiev]...A war was factually started against them and continued for eight years. Our task, the mission of our troops and the Donbass militias, is to end this war, to defend people. Of course, to defend Russia itself, because an anti-Russian enclave had begun to be formed on the territory of today's Ukraine which threatens our country. Therefore, our boys who are fighting there today are defending both the people of Donbass and Russia itself," Putin said, speaking at an event with schoolchildren in Kaliningrad on Thursday.
"Because the boys who are fighting there are risking their health, many are dying. They must understand what they are giving their lives for. These are extremely important things. For Russia and for the people who live in Donbass," Putin said.