Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has vowed to continue military operations in Ukraine until Russia’s goal of “demilitarization” and “liberation from the Nazis” is met.
Shoigu told a news conference at Moscow’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday that Russia’s operation in Ukraine was not aimed at occupying the country, but at liberating its people from the military threat posed to Ukraine by Western nations Moving on. The operation will continue until this goal is achieved.
Praising the Russian forces at the press conference, the Defense Minister said, “We sincerely congratulate and appreciate the bravery, courage, conscience and professionalism of each and every member of our army on the battlefield.”
In a televised speech on the morning of February 24, after a long two-month deployment of about 200,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin ordered a military operation in the eastern part of the country. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a rally in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
Ukrainian forces are fighting Russian forces in various cities in Ukraine. But in the last two days, the conflict has intensified in the eastern city of Kharkiv. Hundreds of civilians have already been killed in Russian rocket attacks on Ukraine’s second-largest city.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Kharkiv blamed the Ukrainian government for the increase in casualties. “The Ukrainian government is using the civilian population as a shield to protect itself, and is attacking Russian forces from residential areas, educational institutions, etc.,” he said.
“The target of the Russian operation is not the people of Ukraine. But due to the policy of the Ukrainian government, the civilians of the country are being harmed. ‘