In Russia, the talk is of 'war' - even from Putin

For more than 15 months Russia has been fighting a war in Ukraine that the Kremlin refused to call a war - but that is changing: President Vladimir Putin is using the word "war" more often. When Putin sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 last year, he called it "a special military operation" - a euphemism the Kremlin, Russian ministers and state media mostly stuck to, even coining a new Russian acronym, the "SVO". Calling the conflict a war was effectively outlawed for the Russian media by a series of very broad laws soon after the invasion.

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