Kiev’s actions are putting Ukraine’s own existence at risk and it must understand it can’t simply carry on with the same policies, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday. Moscow has previously accused Kiev of condoning the activity of neo-Nazis in the state, and of attacking people in the Donbass republics.
“If they go on with what they are doing, they will put the future of Ukraine’s statehood into question,” Putin said during a meeting with female representatives of the Russian civil aviation industry. He added that if this happens, Ukrainian authorities will “only have themselves to blame.”
Earlier on Saturday, the Russian president also expressed concern over Ukraine’s nuclear ambitions. The Soviet legacy has provided Kiev with capabilities to produce both nuclear weapons and nuclear-capable missiles, he said, adding that Western nations might help Kiev in achieving these goals.