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Russia has again changed "aims of the special operation"

Friday, 25 March 2022, 14:53
Russia has again changed aims of the special operation

ROMAN PETRENKO —  FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022, 15:53  

Russia's Defence Ministry has said it will focus on "complete liberation of Ukraine’s Donbass."

Details: Defence Ministry, quoted by RIA Novosti

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According to the Ministry, "The combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been significantly reduced, which allows us to focus our main efforts on achieving the main goal - the liberation of Donbass.

Initially, we did not plan to storm them (blockaded Ukrainian cities - ed.) to prevent destruction and minimise losses among personnel and civilians.

Although we do not exclude such a possibility, as individual groups are carrying out the tasks assigned to them, and solving them successfully, our forces and resources will be concentrated on the main thing - the complete liberation of Donbass."

Why this is important: At first, Russian politicians and propagandists said they would take Kyiv in two days. The aggressors wanted Ukraine to make a number of concessions, including "demilitarisation and de-Nazification."

In the space of a month, while the Russian army has been suffering devastating losses, the Russian government has begun to scale down its fanciful ambitions.

Background: On March 7, the Kremlin declared that they were about to finish the "demilitarisation of Ukraine".

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