The Russian special operation will end when its main tasks are completed, including the elimination of threats due to the development of Ukraine by NATO. This was stated in an interview with TASS by Alexei Polishchuk, Director of the Second CIS Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“The special military operation will end when its tasks are completed. Among them are the protection of the civilian population of Donbass, the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, as well as the elimination of threats to Russia emanating from Ukrainian territory due to its development by NATO countries,— said the diplomat.
He added that the special operation is proceeding according to the plan, and all its goals will be achieved.
Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24, President Vladimir Putin named the protection of civilians in Donbass from “bullying, genocide” as goals. on the part of the Ukrainian authorities (later he called this the main goal), demilitarization and “denazification” neighboring state. The Ministry of Defense said that the Russian military does not strike at civilian targets.
In Ukraine, they called the Russian special operation an attack, declared martial law and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.
In early April, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that the goal of the Russian military operation in Ukraine— rescue of the inhabitants of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and the restoration of their territories within the boundaries of 2014. He added that the demilitarization of Ukraine “is in full swing”, and the country's military potential is already “in many ways” destroyed.
On April 19, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the start of the next phase of the special operation in Ukraine. The fulfillment of the main tasks of the first stage of the special operation, in particular, to reduce the combat potential of the Ukrainian armed forces, was previously announced by the Russian Ministry of Defense. “In general, the main tasks of the first stage of the operation have been completed. The combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been significantly reduced, which allows, I emphasize once again, to focus the main efforts on achieving the main goal— liberation of Donbass»,— said Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy, Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
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