Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to accomplish all the alleged "tasks" of Moscow's military action in Ukraine while speaking at an economic forum in St. Petersburg on Friday.
He called Russia's "special operation" in Ukraine "the decision of a sovereign country based on the right to defend its security." He vowed "all the tasks of the special operation will be met."
The Russian leader claimed that Russia was "forced" to conduct its "operation" in the eastern Donbas region.
"It was difficult, but forced and necessary. And it was based on the UN charter to defend our security," Putin added.
Russian forces failed to take the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and other areas of Ukraine in the earlier weeks of the war and have since been focused on the eastern part of the country.
Some context: The Russian president has long framed his decision to launch an invasion of Ukraine as a response to Kyiv’s growing diplomatic and security ties with the West. Last week, he hinted that his aim in Ukraine is the restoration of Russia as an imperial power.
Another one of Putin's alleged goals in his invasion, which began in late February, includes a baseless battle for “denazification,” a description dismissed by historians and political observers alike.
In his Friday speech, Putin also called the attempts of the West to "crush" the Russian economy through punishing sanctions "not successful."
"The economic dynamics are stabilizing; the state finances are stable," he added.
The Russian president also said “the era of the unipolar world is over,” referencing the United States, and stated that the European Union has "fully lost its political sovereignty."