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State Department Says Russia Now Resorting to 'Desperate Tactics'

This comes on the heels of its martial law declaration

The United States said it was no surprise Russia was resorting to "desperate tactics" after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday declared martial law in four partially occupied regions of Ukraine that Russia claims as its own.

"It should be no surprise to anybody that Russia is resorting to desperate tactics to try and enforce control in these areas," State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said at a daily press briefing.

“We are working on solving very complex, large-scale tasks to ensure a reliable future for Russia, the future of our people,” the Putin said in televised remarks to members of his security council.

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