Putin rages against the West in New Year message to his people: Fatigued dictator appears on state TV to accuse Western powers of using Ukraine as a tool to destroy Russia and says he launched invasion to protect its ‘motherland’

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Putin rages against the West in New Year message to his people: Fatigued dictator appears on state TV to accuse Western powers of using Ukraine as a tool to destroy Russia and says he launched invasion to protect its ‘motherland’

  • He showed no inkling of compromise claiming he made ‘necessary decisions’
  • But Putin, 70, looked strained and worn as he addressed Russians on television
  • His message was also tired, again claiming he was taking on Nazis in Ukraine

By WILL STEWART FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 09:52 EST, 31 December 2022 | UPDATED: 18:31 EST, 31 December 2022

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An aggressive Vladimir Putin set himself on a collision course with the West in his New Year’s message to his people.

He showed no inkling of compromise over Ukraine claiming he made ‘necessary decisions’ in a catastrophic military conflict which has led to 100,000 deaths on his own side.

But Putin, 70, looked strained and worn as he addressed Russians on television in each of the country’s 11 time zones just before midnight.Top Storiesby Daily Mail00:0202:00Walrus washes up in Scarborough with crowds urgedto ‘stay away’

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His message was also tired, again claiming he was taking on Nazis in Ukraine and that the West wanted to use Ukraine as a tools to destroy Russia.

Strained-looking Putin delivers aggressive New Year’s Eve message

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