Putin admitted why he did not start a full-scale war in Ukraine in 2014
Russia didn't have hypersonic weapons in 2014, but now they do, like other modern systems. This was stated by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in an interview with propagandists, answering the question of whether it was worth starting a war in Ukraine back in 2014.
«We didn’t have hypersonic weapons then, and now there is. Yes, we do not actually use it, but it exists. Do you understand? There are other modern systems, and in 2014 there was nothing like this,” he said.
Putin also said that at that time the Russian economy was not ready for Western sanctions, and after 2014, Russia was able to carry out import substitution and strengthen the financial system.