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Vladimir Putin carried out a bizarre rant where he accused the West of "embracing Satanism".
The Russian leader said that "Western elites" were pushing a "radical denial of moral norms, religion and family" during a speech where he claimed annexation of four regions of Ukraine on Friday.
He said that residents of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia were becoming Russian citizens "forever" before setting his sights on the "challenge" of values held in the U.S. and allied countries.
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In his unusual rant, Putin said: "The dictatorship of the Western elites is directed against all societies, including the peoples of the Western countries themselves."
He added: "This is a challenge to all. This is a complete denial of humanity, the overthrow of faith and traditional values. Indeed, the suppression of freedom itself has taken on the features of a religion: outright Satanism."
The Kremlin leader said that Russia has many "like-minded friends" in Western countries.
He said that they "see and appreciate their support" as they are forming liberation and anti-colonial movements.
Putin also accused the West of teaching "sexual deviation" to children who changed their gender and also spoke about the West's supposedly "insane" recognition of LGBTQ people.
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He said: "Do we really want, here, in our country, in Russia, instead of 'mum' and 'dad,' to have 'parent No. 1,' 'parent No. 2,' 'No. 3'?
"Have they gone completely insane? Do we really want… it drilled into children in our schools… that there are supposedly genders besides women and men, and [children to be] offered the chance to undergo sex change operations?"
He added: "We have a different vision."
The Russian leader added that he was ready to continue a battle for a "greater historical Russia " using whatever tools he had at his disposal.
The ceremony culminated in the 69-year-old leader chanting "Russia Russia!" as he clasped the hands of the four Russian-backed officials he wants to run the annexed regions, which Ukraine is fighting to win back.
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