Vladimir Putin’s arguments to explain his choice to launch his troops in Ukraine still do not pass. Jean-Yves Le Drian, thus estimated Monday on BFMTV that the Russian president is “in denial” and in a “completely revisionist justification” of the war.

In a speech to celebrate the anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany, Vladimir Putin said his army was fighting in Ukraine to defend “the fatherland” in the face of an “unacceptable threat”. “It’s a kind of confinement of Putin in the war,” said the head of French diplomacy. “He has a speech of denial and reversal of responsibilities”.

Above all, for Jean-Yves Le Drian, “there is nothing new” after the speech of the Russian president during the military parade in Red Square in Moscow. “Russian aggression continues, the war continues, the war objectives are the same, whether it is the neutralization of Ukraine, its demilitarization, its denazification, the recovery of territories… It has not changed”.

Putin’s ‘four strategic mistakes’

The French Minister also underlined the Russian President’s “error in overall assessment” of the situation in Ukraine, believing that Vladimir Putin had made “four strategic errors”, by underestimating the Ukrainian resistance, the European response, the solidarity within the Atlantic Alliance, and by “overestimating” its army. These elements “result in the implementation of a war that will be long and difficult”. “It could mean a war of several years,” warned Jean-Yves Le Drian.

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