Putin to address tensions with Ukraine, NATO in annual news conference – The Washington Post

Russia has massed some 100,000 troops, along with military hardware, on its border with Ukraine, preparing what Western officials have warned could be a full-scale attack on its southwestern neighbor. In one of Putin’s highest-profile, public-facing events of the year, an opportunity to sway his domestic audience, Putin said Russia would rather not fight a war, and doubled down on his claim that Russia is facing a threat from the West — and not the other way around.

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