Putin said his goal was to "change the minds of Ukrainians" and "open Eurasia from Lisbon to Vladivostok"
IRYNA BALACHUK - TUESDAY, 5 APRIL, 2022, 11:36
DMITRY MEDVEDEV. PHOTO GAZETA.RU
Russia's Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, continues to call the atrocities committed by of Russians in Bucha and Mariupol fake, adding that Russia's goal is to change the minds of Ukrainians and create an "open Eurasia from Lisbon to Vladivostok."
Source: Russian propaganda publication "RIA Novosti", referring to Medvedev
Quote from Medvedev: "The present-day Ukrainian radical element also comes from behind a school desk. In beautiful embroidered shirts and with thoughts of hatred for everything Russian. Instead of being proud of the common achievements of our ancestors, they have been hastly writing a pseudo-history of Ukrainian statehood since 1991."
Details: In Medvedev's imagination, "the passionate part of Ukrainians has been praying for the Third Reich for the last 30 years." Putin's subordinate said that "Ukraine has become the Third Reich" and that "Ukraine will suffer its own fate."
Like other Russian officials, Medvedev imagines there being some "Nazis" in Ukraine, whom Ukrainians have never seen in their country themselves.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin has firmly set the goal of demilitarising and denazifying Ukraine. These difficult tasks are not being achieved all at once. And they will not be solved on the battlefields alone. The most important goal is to change the mindset of some present-day Ukrainians, which is bloodthirsty and full of myths. This will be the goal of generations of Ukrainians themselves, who will have the opportunity to finally build an open Eurasia - from Lisbon to Vladivostok," summed up Putin's subordinate.
Earlier, Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov continued to call the genocide of Ukrainians a "staging" and a "fake attack", despite photo and video testimonies of the Russian occupiers' atrocities in Bucha.
Previously: On 1 April, the Mayor of Bucha, Anatoly Fedoruk, announced the liberation of the city from the Russian occupiers.
On 2 April, Fedoruk announced that a mass grave with nearly 300 bodies had been found in the city, and that dozens of corpses lay in the streets, some with their hands tied.
On 3 April, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced that 410 bodies of killed civilians had been removed from the territory of Kyiv Oblast (region), which had been liberated from the occupiers. These victims were being examined by forensic experts to document Russia's war crimes.
The Russian Defence Ministry has stated that it does not acknowledge the atrocities of its military in Bucha, Kyiv region, and insists that no local residents suffered from violence during the occupation of the city.
On the morning of 4 April, the funeral services announced that 330-340 civilians killed by Russian soldiers had been buried in liberated Bucha.