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Putin is showing his true colors in Ukraine

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With his invasion of Ukraine going badly, Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin pretends to offer peace in exchange for half the country. Now, that is, he would definitely get the rest later.

If he can’t achieve that surrender, he’ll just keep slaughtering as many Ukrainians as he can, despite his feverish claim that they’re all actually Russians. The only place he lets them flee to is areas he controls.

in peace negotiations Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the war would continue until Ukraine recognizes “that Crimea is Russian territory and that it must recognize that Donetsk and Luhansk are independent states”. Russia is also demanding that Ukraine write into its constitution a permanent ban on joining NATO, the European Union or anything else that would help protect its independence from Moscow.

Peskov also made the macabre vow that once Ukraine launches its “military action . . . Nobody will shoot.” We’re only killing you because you insist on defending yourself.

Meanwhile, Putin’s Defense Ministry claims it will offer safe evacuation routes from Ukraine — which only lead to Russia or his puppet Belarus. This was after the Russians shelled other evacuation routes it had said were safe.

In short, Putin offers Ukraine nothing but conquest and forced assimilation.

No wonder more than 1.7 million Ukrainians have fled their country – including the 11-year-old boy who made it across the Slovakian border alone, who traveled 600 miles after his widowed mother sent him away to escape Russian attacks on Zaporizhia. The flight will reach 5 million if the war drags on, and probably millions more whether Putin actually conquers the country.

If the West continues to meet Putin’s aggression with insufficient resolve, countless tragedies lie ahead.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/07/putin-shows-his-true-hand-in-ukraine/ Putin is showing his true colors in Ukraine

JACLYN DIAZ

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