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In New Year message, Putin accuses West of using Ukraine to destroy Russia

In New Year message, Putin accuses West of using Ukraine to destroy Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that his country would never give in to the West’s attempts to use Ukraine as a tool to destroy Russia in a New Year’s Eve video message broadcast on Russian state TV.

Putin said Russia was fighting in Ukraine to protect its “homeland” and to ensure the “true independence” of its people, in a message filmed in front of Russian military personnel.

Attacks on New Year’s Eve

Explosions left at least one person dead and 20 others injured in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev today, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a statement on his official Telegram channel.

Of the 20 injured, 14 were hospitalized, while another six received medical attention at the scene, he said.

Several school buildings in the capital suffered serious damage from the explosions, added the mayor.

Air raid sirens, which were activated before the attacks, are now turned off in Kyiv.

(Reporting by Reuters with information by Yulia Kesaieva and Gul Tuysuzda of CNN)

Source: CNN Brasil