Russia sets goals for second phase of full-scale invasion of Ukraine

22 April, 05:55 PM
Russia announces the objectives of the

Russia announces the objectives of the "second stage" of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. (Photo:REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov)

During the "second phase" of the war against Ukraine, Russia plans to completely occupy Donbas and southern Ukraine, as well as establish a land corridor to Crimea, the deputy commander of Russia’s Central Military District, Major General Rustam Minnekaev, said on April 21.

According to Minnekaev, control over the south of Ukraine will give Russia land access to unrecognized Transnistria, where "there are allegedly facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population."

In fact, there is no evidence whatsoever of widespread oppression of Russian speakers in Moldova.

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Since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the statements by the Russian authorities about the causes and objectives of the war against Ukraine have constantly changed.

For example, on April 11, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the war was allegedly destined to put an end to "total dominance and reckless expansion of the United States on the world stage.”

Later, on April 15, the spokesman for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said that the main task of Russia's war against Ukraine was the "defeat of nationalist battalions."

Peskov may have been referring to the Azov Regiment, which was formerly a volunteer militia formed by far-right and neo-Nazi figures. However, after Azov was incorporated in the Ukrainian armed forces, mostof those with far-right views left the regiment. 

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