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    What does Putin want ?

    « Let me emphasize once again that Ukraine is not just a neighboring country for us. It is an  integral part of our history, culture, spiritual space, » Putin said, referring to the importance of Ukraine for Russia. The war between Russia and Ukraine has begun, with Vladimir Putin  announcing the start of military operations at 04:00 on Thursday 24 February. Soon after, Russian planes began bombing major Ukrainian cities while ground troops advanced into the  Donbas. Russian troops are advancing on Kyiv from different approaches after Putin said in a TV speech before dawn on 24 February that Russia could not feel « safe, develop…