LRussia’s general control of southern Ukraine and the Donbass region aims to build a ground bridge to the Crimea by annexing Moscow, a senior Russian military official said Friday.
“Since the beginning of the second phase of the special operation, which began two days ago, it has been one of the objectives of the Russian military to establish full control over the Donbass and southern Ukraine,” said Deputy Commander General Rustam Minnekayev. Of the Central Military District of Russia.
“This will ensure a land route to the Crimea, as well as the main infrastructure of the Ukrainian economy, the supply of agricultural and metal products through the Black Sea ports,” he said. – He continued, citing Russian newspapers during a meeting with agencies, companies of the Russian military-industrial complex in Yekaterinburg (Urals).
These comments confirm that Russia also aims to control Odessa, Ukraine’s main port and the country’s third largest city.
Mr. According to Minnekaye, control of southern Ukraine has made it possible to come to the aid of pro-Russian separatists in Transnistria, who have controlled this part of Moldova on the border with western Ukraine since 1992. The Russian military is already there. General Minnekayev promised that “control of southern Ukraine is a corridor to transnistria, where there are cases of repression of Russian-speaking people.”
The Kremlin presents its attack on Ukraine, launched on February 24 as a measure to protect Russian-speaking people. He says he does not want to invade his neighborhood, and promises that the task now set is to “liberate” Donbass with separatist allies in the area.
“We are fighting the whole world. At this time, during the Great Patriotic War (given in Russia during World War II, the author’s note), the whole planet was against us all over Europe. As it is now, they never wanted Russia,” General Minnekayev said.
The announcement came the day after Vladimir Putin demanded the “liberation” of the Ukrainian strategic port of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine. The Russian president ordered the siege of the city’s last Ukrainian guards, stationed on a large metallurgical site instead of a storm.
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