As his invasion of Ukraine bogs down, Putin admits Western sanctions are killing his economy
In an angry speech this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at the United States and its European allies, accusing them of stealing Russian assets and using his “special military operation” in Ukraine as a “pretext” for a long-term strategy of weakening Russia.
In what was more of a rant than a speech, a frustrated Putin admitted the sanctions were inflicting real economic pain, even as he vowed the Russian economy “will adapt to the new realities.”
“Indeed, it is difficult for us at the moment. Russian financial companies, major enterprises, small...