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Medvedev warns Russia-Ukraine hostilities could drag on for decades

Russia’s Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev (File photo by AFP)

Russia’s Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev has warned that hostilities between Russia and Ukraine may end up dragging on for decades, saying the West is bound to end up defeated.  

“Should it take years or even decades, then so be it. We have no choice: either we will destroy their hostile political regime, or the collective West will eventually tear Russia to pieces,” Medvedev wrote in a Telegram post on Saturday.

He then warned that in case Russia loses the battle, the West will also “perish” with Russia as well. “Nobody needs this.”

Medvedev described Ukraine as a state that is “terrorist in its essence” and that Russia must destroy and fully dismantle it and make sure “this filth” never re-emerges again.

He added the war with Ukraine is an “existential” conflict for Russia and a fight for its very existence.

On the contrary, he said, the current hostilities are a “strange war” for the collective West, therefore, the West’s support for Ukraine cannot last forever and they are bound to end up defeated.

“For them, this is a strange war in which people who are strangers to them are dying. And while they do not feel sorry for them, the West will never go beyond the point when its own interests get hurt too much,” the former Russian President said.

“Someone else’s war sooner or later becomes boring, costly, and irrelevant.”

Moscow has repeatedly warned the US and its NATO allies about the risk of a nuclear confrontation.

The US and NATO countries provide the majority of Ukraine’s military assistance since Russia launched its “special military operation” in Ukraine in February last year.

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