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Decoding Putin's annexation speech

Framed as a clash of civilisations in which the West is accused of sins from slavery to sexual deviancy and satanism, the Russian leader's speech signals to his enemies that there will be no room for strategic accommodation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) addresses a rally and a concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine, on Sept 30, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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"Behind us is the truth; behind us is Russia!" This was how Russian President Vladimir Putin finished his recent speech to his nation, announcing the annexation of four regions of Ukraine.

Many of the claims Mr Putin made - that Ukraine had started the current war, that Ukraine's borders have never been fixed and are therefore not to be taken seriously - were aired before.

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