Vladimir Putin believes Russia is not to blame for the war in Ukraine, adding both countries are "sharing a tragedy".
During a televised address with senior military officials, the Russian president said he continued to see Ukraine as a "brotherly nation".
In February, President Putin sent up to 200,000 troops into Ukraine sparking a war which has led to tens of thousands of deaths.
He argued the conflict was "the result of the policy of third countries".
The theory, which implies Western expansion is the cause, has been repeatedly dismissed outside Russia.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT WANTS THE WORLD TO EAT THEIR POISON FRUIT OF THE POISON TREE OF LIES, EVIL AND SIN
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