Russian invasion of Ukraine caused by ‘unacceptable threats to Russia’s security,’ says defense minister

20 August, 05:24 PM
Defense Minister of Russia Sergei Shoigu (Photo:Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation)

Defense Minister of Russia Sergei Shoigu (Photo:Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation)

The Kremlin’s decision to invade Ukraine and attempt to overthrow its democratic government was motivated by “unacceptable” threats to Russia’s security, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Aug. 20.

Speaking at a meeting of the First International Anti-Fascist Congress, the minister repeated Russian propaganda claims about genocide in the Donbas and NATO posing a threat to Russia.

“The Kyiv regime has committed flagrant crimes against citizens of the DPR and LPR for eight years,” the Russian Defense Ministry’s Telegram messenger quoted Shoigu as saying.

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“Thousands of innocent people died, including children. At the same time, the North Atlantic Alliance began the military development of Ukrainian territory. Kyiv took a course to join NATO. All this created unacceptable threats to Russia’s security.”

There is no evidence to back up Shoigu’s claims. There is no NATO military infrastructure in Ukraine, and Ukraine was a neutral country when the Kremlin started its war on the country in 2014.

According to the Russian defense minister, “in February, the Supreme Commander (Putin) made the only correct decision to conduct a special military operation against this background.”

“Special military operation” is a term the Kremlin uses to avoid the use of the word “war.”

Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014 after the fall of the regime of fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. It then launched a military occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea and parts of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts.

Since the beginning of these occupations, Russia has falsely claimed not to be involved in the war in Ukraine. In fact, Russia created the sham “separatist” republics in the Donbas, and covertly fueled the war with troops, weapons, money and supplies.

The Kremlin dropped this pretense early on Feb. 24, 2022, when Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine. A 200,000-strong group of Russian troops, which had been building up on the Ukrainian borders for four months, launched a full-scale invasion of the territory of Ukraine along the entire Russian-Ukrainian border, as well as across the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.

Putin said the goal of this open was the “demilitarization” and “denazification” of Ukraine. In fact, Russian troops are destroying civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, killing civilians and deporting residents of occupied Ukrainian territories. At the same time, the Kremlin plans to annex the occupied Ukrainian territories by holding sham referendums.

However, Putin’s plans to quickly seize Ukraine have failed, and the Russian army has suffered huge losses both in military equipment and manpower.

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