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Putin defiant in face of Western pressure

Russian President rejects threats for international community

Vladimir Putin
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin says that Russia is ready to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine, but hopes he will not have to use force in eastern Ukraine.

Putin said Tuesday that while the Ukrainian parliament is legitimate, the acting president is not. He said that fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych is the only legitimate leader of Ukraine.

Putin rejected Western criticism of Russian action in Ukraine, saying that there have been doubts about the legitimacy of Western action in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

Putin says Yanukovych has no political future and Russia sheltered him to save his life and believes sanctions against Russia will backfire on the West, that Russia reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine and that he hopes Russia won't have to use force in eastern Ukraine.

It was the first time Putin has spoken publicly since Yanukovych fled Kyiv.

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  1. don was right posted on 03/04/2014 01:32 PM
    so where is wynne and the rest of the gay industry now that real lives are at stake, not just lgbt sensibilities? MIA. Heads in the sand. wringing their hands. No flags in sight
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 03/06/2014 01:00 PM
      @don was right THAT IS SO TRUE.....
      All before and during the Olympics, it was all about "let's carry the rainbow flag" in support of our athletes...

      Now Russia is an ACTUAL threat to a neighboring country, and you barely hear squat from anybody. Maybe people are waiting to see what the politically correct stance is, before deciding to champion it.
  2. randy posted on 03/06/2014 07:31 AM
    I'm 28 years old and recently I started to really pay attention about what's going on in Toronto and in the world. As Canadians we should stand up for what is right and what is going on in Ukraine right now is American influence. lets not be bullied by American propaganda. STOP.
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