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With heightened anxiety, Putin prepares Russians for long fight ahead

By Anton Troianovski and Anatoly Kurmanaev

03 Jan 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The Kremlin took the unusual step of acknowledging the deaths of scores of Russian soldiers in a Ukrainian attack. It marks a shift in how Putin talks about the war, according to this NYT analysis.

In footage released by the Kremlin on New Year’s Eve, President Vladimir Putin is seen chatting with soldiers, exhorting them: “We can’t give up anything. We must only fight, only keep going.”

He then adds: “Of course, there is still much that needs to be done.”

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