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Putin threatens Ukraine allies as Truss urges ‘doubling down’ on support for Kyiv

By Patrick Wintour

28 Apr 2022 · 4 min read

Vladimir Putin has warned of a “lightning-fast” retaliation if countries intervened in Ukraine as Britain pressed for Moscow to be so weakened militarily by its war that the Russian president can never pose a threat to European security.

The Russian president told lawmakers in St Petersburg on Wednesday the west wanted to cut Russia into pieces and accused it of pushing Ukraine into conflict with Moscow. “If someone intends to intervene in the ongoing events from the outside, and create strategic threats for Russia that are unacceptable to us, they should know that our retaliatory strikes will be lightning-fast,” said Putin.

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