Document Type : Original Article


Salatino Law Firm; Institute of Space Law and Policy, University of Public Service (Budapest, Hungary)


This article offers a comprehensive analysis of the arguments put forth by Mr. Putin during his address to the citizens of Russia on 24 February 2022, where he announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine. The author critically examines these arguments through the lens of international law, providing an in-depth analysis of their legal implications. In particular, the article begins with some key excerpts from Mr. Putin’s address on 24 February 2022. Afterwards, in order to clarify the framework that surrounds the circumstances under examination, the article provides a general overview of the fundamental principles of International Law. The article then delves into the issues of NATO expansion to the East and the situation in the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Additionally, the article explores Mr. Putin’s use of the term “special military operation” (rather than “war”) and the concept of “denazification”, shedding light on these terms.


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