Kyiv Says Russia Has ‘Stopped Hiding’ True Goal Of War As Fighting In East Intensifies

https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-mariupol-zelenskiy-resistance/31815860.html Last Updated: April 22, 2022 By RFE/RL Kyiv Says Russia Has ‘Stopped Hiding’ True Goal Of War As Fighting In East Intensifies Damaged buildings are pictured in Mariupol on April 19, with the Azovstal steel works plant in the background. A senior Russian military official’s comments that Moscow plans to take full control of […]

Kyiv Says Russia Has ‘Stopped Hiding’ True Goal Of War As Fighting In East Intensifies

A senior Russian military official’s comments that Moscow plans to
take full control of the eastern Donbas region and southern Ukraine
during its new offensive has drawn a sharp reaction from Kyiv as
Ukraine’s General Staff said Russian forces had increased attacks along
the whole front line in the east.

Rustam Minnekayev, acting commander of the Central Military District, was quoted
by official Russian state media outlets on April 22 as saying that full
control of southern Ukraine was a strategic goal to allow access to
Moldova’s pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniester, which borders
Ukraine.

Minnekayev said Russian speakers were oppressed in Transdniester. Moldova and Western leaders say that is untrue.

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