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Putin Is Angry and Thinks U.S. Trying to Prolong Ukraine War

The war in Ukraine has gone badly for Russia. And it seems we know why Moscow thinks that is: American involvement.

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The war in Ukraine has gone months and months longer than Russia ever could have dreamed. And it seems Putin has an opinion as to why that is: 

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday suggested that the US was deliberately attempting to prolong the Ukraine war in order to preserve its power. His remarks ignored the fact that he could call Russian troops home whenever he wants.

“They need conflicts to retain their hegemony,” Putin said of the US during remarks at a security conference in Moscow, per the Associated Press. “That’s why they have turned the Ukrainian people into cannon fodder. The situation in Ukraine shows that the United States is trying to drag the conflict out, and it acts in exactly the same way trying to fuel conflicts in Asia, Africa and Latin America.”

Though Putin has blamed everything from NATO to neo-Nazis for the war in Ukraine, the Russian leader is primarily responsible for the war, given that he made the decision to invade.

Top Russia experts say that Putin views Ukraine as part of Russia and will never give up on his goal of subjugating the Ukrainians. Since ordering the so-called “special operation” in Ukraine, Putin has compared himself to Peter the Great — offering a window into his imperialistic ambitions in the former Soviet republic.

The US has provided Ukraine with aid, including lethal weapons, to help it drive the invading Russian forces back, and Putin, who launched Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine in late February, has railed against Washington’s assistance to Kyiv.

The Russian leader on Tuesday also criticized the US over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan, which enraged the Chinese government. As Russia actively violates Ukraine’s sovereignty and vies to take more Ukrainian territory by force, Putin accused the US of disrespecting China’s sovereignty over the self-ruled island democracy.

“The American adventure in Taiwan wasn’t just a trip by an irresponsible politician. It was part of a deliberate and conscious US strategy intended to destabilize the situation and create chaos in the region and the entire world, a blatant demonstration of disrespect for another country’ sovereignty and its own international obligations,” Putin said.

Beijing and Moscow tend to side with one another on geopolitical issues. That said, China has remained neutral when it comes to the war in Ukraine, though Beijing has refused to condemn Russia and has at times parroted the Kremlin’s talking points.

John Haltiwanger is a senior politics reporter at Business Insider where this first appeared. He reports on all things politics with a particular focus on national security and foreign policy. John has a BA in History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an MSc in International Relations from the University of Glasgow. When he’s not reporting, John is likely searching for the best pizza slice in Brooklyn or watching/playing soccer.

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John Haltiwanger is a senior politics reporter at Business Insider. He reports on all things politics with a particular focus on national security and foreign policy.



  1. Scottfs

    August 17, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Putin needs to get over his small man syndrome, pull all of his troops out of Ukraine, and stop trying to reconstitute the Soviet Union.

    The only person responsible for the violence and war crimes in Ukraine is Putin. He’s bankrupting his country for his misplaced self- aggrandizement.

  2. Meremortal

    August 17, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Biden is doing what the US has done for decades. Sticking his nose into a foreign war and doing just enough to waste men, money and material but not enough to win.

  3. speedster

    August 18, 2022 at 2:53 am

    If the usa supposedly needs conflicts in order to maintain its hegemony, that begs the question, as to why did Russia invade Ukraine. Likely Putin would have had acquiescence from the usa, if President Trump had succeeded with his insurrection of the Capitol. However the fact is that a different president Biden, was in power, and there does not appear to have been any agreement to give Putin a pass on the UKraine invasion. The

    What has actually happened appears to have been a calculated gamble of a quick regime change in Kiev, which failed. Since the resources of NATO, are vast compared with Russia, the appropriate action would have been to extract Russian forces, instead Putin has gone for broke, when the odds are against him. The only logic that fits that action, is that Putin s political future is tied up in the Ukraine invasion.

  4. TheDon

    August 18, 2022 at 7:39 am

    Putins gambel of increasing Russian influence and borders back to “old soviet” borders is making Russia less secure.
    They share a border w china who needs farmland and water.
    The war takes away any support for Rusiia should they get invaded. One less problem for china.
    Now he wants to join with crazy kim.
    The Russian people deserve better. Generals should 1st protect the nation which means taking out Putin.
    Soon the only thing they will achieve is owning two nuclear unihabitable patches of land and a big drain to keep it safe. The will lose crimea. Belarus got its warning,change leadership.

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