Putin ally says Ukraine war could last for decades and warns Russia will launch pre-emptive strike if West gives Ukraine nuclear weapons

Stark warning to West: Russia's Deputy head of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev. Reuters

David Ljunggren

A top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Ukraine war could last for decades, with long periods of fighting interspersed by truces, Russia's RIA news agency reported on Thursday.

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