Relaxed PUTIN shows no regrets as war rages on in Ukraine (www.reuters.com)

Russian President Putin insisted in a speech that the “special military operation” was still achieving its goals, making no mention of battlefield setbacks, and said the West’s dominance over world affairs was coming to an end.

Oct 27 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin showed no regrets on Thursday over his war in Ukraine, insisting that the “special military operation” was still achieving its goals and the West’s dominance over world affairs was coming to an end.

Inveighing against the West for more than three-and-a-half hours in a question-and-answer session at an annual conference, Putin appeared confident and relaxed, a marked contrast from stiff, formal and uneasy public appearances early in the eight-month-old war that had drawn questions about his health.

Asked if there had been any disappointments in the past year, Putin answered simply: “No”, though he also said he always thinks about Russia’s losses in Ukraine.

During 45-minute opening remarks he barely mentioned Ukraine at all, turning instead to a familiar litany of grievances against “our Western opponents”, who he said faced the inevitable crumbling of their “hegemony”.

Liberal Western leaders had undermined “traditional values” around the world, foisting a culture with “dozens of genders, gay parades” on other countries.

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