Russian Foreign Minister says country’s goals in Ukraine now go beyond Donbass

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that the geographical targets of Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine were no longer limited to the eastern Donbass region but included a number of other territories, the report reported. Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

Lavrov also said Russia’s targets would expand even further if the West delivered long-range weapons to Kyiv, the agency said.

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, President Vladimir Putin denied any intention to occupy Ukrainian territories, saying his goal was to demilitarize and “de-Nazify” the country – a statement rejected by Kyiv and the West as a pretext for an imperial invasion. expansion war style.

After being repelled in an initial attempt to capture the capital Kyiv, the Russian Defense Ministry declared on March 25 that the first phase of the special operation was over and would now focus on “carrying out of the main objective, the liberation of Donbass”.

Almost four months later, it captured Luhansk, one of the two regions that make up the Donbass, but fell far short of capturing the entire other, Donetsk.

However, his forces have already seized territories far beyond Donbass, particularly in the southern regions of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, and continue to launch missile strikes on towns across Ukraine.

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