Quick summary of Putin's latest address:

- Kiev could have obtained nuclear weapons, the target would have been Russia

- Kiev authorities were asked through various channels not to engage in hostilities and to withdraw their troops from Donbass, but they did not want to.
- The operation is going according to plan, the strategy is successful

- Occupying Ukraine isn't part of Russia's plan

- The years of abuse of the people of Donbass could not be tolerated
- The West tries to convince its citizens that their difficulties are the result of Russian actions, but this is a lie

- Unlike Western countries, we will respect property rights

- The seizure of assets and businesses is a lesson for Russian entrepreneurs to invest in Russia
- The Western "Empire of Lies" is powerless against truth and justice, Russia will continue to make its position known to the world

- The sanctions obsession of the U.S. and its supporters is not shared by countries where more than half of the planet's population lives
- Minimum wage, public sector wages, social benefits and pensions will be raised

- Private business should play a key role in overcoming the current problems of the economy

- The regulatory barriers for businesses must be lowered
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