Vladimir Putin has said Monday’s deadly missile strikes targeting cities in Ukraine were in retaliation for its “terrorist action” against Russian territory.

In televised remarks, the Russian president said Moscow had launched long-range missile attacks against Ukraine’s energy, military and communications infrastructure on Monday.

He said it was in retaliation for an attack on the Kerch Bridge which links Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula.

Mr Putin went on to claim that Ukraine has “tried to blow up” the TurkStream natural gas pipeline.

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Speaking at a Security Council meeting, he added: “If attacks continue against Russia, the response will be harsh.

“The responses will be of the same scale as the threats to Russia.

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“In the event of further attempts to carry out terrorist acts on our territory, Russia’s response will be harsh.”

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Special event at the Imperial War Museum examining the conflict in Ukraine

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