“Punitive military operations” were organized against the inhabitants of Donbass, the purpose of the Russian operation is to “save people from this suffering,” Putin said
The main goal of the Russian military operation in Ukraine— “to save people from genocide,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at Luzhniki at a concert in honor of the annexation of Crimea.
“Precisely to save people from this suffering, from this genocide is the main, main reason, motive and goal of the military operation that we launched in the Donbass and Ukraine”,&mdash ; he said.
According to Putin, “punitive military operations” were organized against the inhabitants of Donbass: “They were immediately put into a blockade, subjected to systematic shelling from cannons, and air strikes were carried out.”
Speaking of the actions of Russian military personnel in Ukraine, he said that the military, “if necessary, then, like a brother, they cover with their body from a bullet on the battlefield.” each other, and declared the unity of Russian society.
The President also quoted from the Bible: “The words of the Holy Scripture come to my mind: there is no more love, as if someone gave his life for his friends.” According to Putin, this is a “universal value for all the peoples of Russia”, and confirmation of this is “the way our guys fight, how our guys act during this military operation.”
The Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow estimated the number participants of the event at Luzhniki in 203 thousand. According to the agency, more than 95 thousand people were at the stadium and more than 100 thousand near it.
The Russian authorities announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine to protect the population, “demilitarization and denazification”; countries on February 24th. “Ideally, Ukraine should be liberated and cleaned from pro-Nazi people,” — Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in response to a request to clarify what is meant by denazification. The presidential representative also pointed out the need to “neutralize the military potential.”
The Russian authorities did not announce the end date for this operation, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that it would last “until the set goals are achieved.” Putin said that Russian troops were not going to occupy Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense declares that it strikes only at military targets.
Ukraine then severed diplomatic relations with Russia, introduced martial law in the country and announced general mobilization.
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