Blinken says Putin has ‘already failed’ in his strategic goal of ending Ukraine’s independence


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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had already failed in his strategic goal to “wipe out” Ukraine and end its independence after more than four months of conflict.

Blinken appeared on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ ahead of the annual G-7 summit in Germany, and was asked if Russia was winning the months-long conflict following nightly attacks on the capital Ukrainian from Kyiv.

“As far as Putin’s strategic goals are concerned, he has already failed,” Blinken said. “His strategic goal was to end Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, to wipe it off the map, to subsume it into Russia. It failed.”

Blinken added that “a sovereign and independent Ukraine will exist much longer than Vladimir Putin has been on the scene.”

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The secretary of state’s remarks come as Ukrainian officials said Russia launched missiles into Kyiv, hitting at least two residential buildings and damaging a nearby kindergarten.

Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in the BRICS Business Forum via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.
(Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik, Kremlin swimming pool photo via AP)

Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said preliminary information said one person was killed and four injured; Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said four people were taken to hospital with injuries and a 7-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble.

Meanwhile, Blinken described “a tactical and fierce battle” raging in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces are engaged to repel Russian forces.

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken speaks to the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 24, 2022.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken speaks to the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 24, 2022.
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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“And that line has shifted, there are gains one way, gains another,” the secretary of state said. “But what’s really important is the strategic proposition that Putin will not achieve what he tried to achieve.”

Blinken said that if Putin also tried to split NATO, the alliance will come together at the G-7 summit where the nations will show their unity and strength.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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