Putin spoke about whether it was worth starting a special operation in 2014
The subjunctive mood to the question of whether Russia should have launched a special operation in 2014 cannot be applied, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin." Fragment of the interview published VGTRK journalist Pavel Zarubin in his Telegram channel.
When asked by a journalist that it was not necessary to start a special operation in 2014, Putin said that at that time the Russian side proceeded from the fact that “it will be possible to resolve all issues by absolutely peaceful means”, and in the case of Crimea, it was necessary to decide what to do with what happened "from the wheels."
“As for the Donbass, we expected to solve this problem peacefully. As it turns out now, we were simply led by the nose, none of our so-called partners was going to solve anything by peaceful means, but simply pumped weapons into Ukraine and prepared it for hostilities. And she undertook two large-scale military operations using heavy equipment, artillery, aviation,” the president said. - "As for readiness, and expediency - you know, in such cases there is no subjunctive mood."
Putin noted that this also applies to Russia's readiness for more serious actions compared to those that were taken as part of the "Crimean spring". He stressed that now Russia has more opportunities in terms of weapons - for example, hypersonic weapons and other systems have appeared, and in terms of import substitution, the stability of the financial sector.
“The subjunctive mood cannot be used here,” Putin said.
Russia’s special operation in Ukraine began on February 24, 2022. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin called the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass, as well as the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, its goals. During the special operation, Russian troops took full control of the LPR, as well as most of the DPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. Subsequently, these territories became part of Russia, and on October 19 martial law was introduced in the regions.