Russia Acknowledges for the First Time: 'We Are at War'

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.22 - 2024 10:27 AM CET

Photo: President's Office
Photo: President's Office
For the first time, Russia now admits that the country is indeed at war, though it also places blame on the West.

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For the first time, Russia has officially recognized its involvement in a state of war, shifting from its previous characterization of the conflict in Ukraine as a "special military operation."

This acknowledgment comes amid increasing Western participation in the conflict, as stated by Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for President Vladimir Putin, according to reports from the Russian news agency TASS.

Peskov's statement marks a significant departure from Russia's longstanding narrative since the onset of the conflict on December 24, 2022.

Until now, the Russian government has strictly referred to its actions in Ukraine under the guise of a "special military operation," actively prohibiting the use of the term "war" within its borders to describe the situation.

This development suggests a transformation in the Kremlin's approach to the conflict, acknowledging the intensification and the direct impact of Western involvement in what has now been openly declared as a war by Russia.

The statement by Peskov, as cited by Tass, highlights the evolving nature of the conflict and Russia's shifting stance in the face of international dynamics.

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