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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. – Britta Pedersen/dpa

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Peace negotiations are “pointless” in the current situation, he says

Ukraine believes that after nearly five months since the war began, Russia is “starting to call things by their proper name.”

MADRID, 20 (EUROPE PRESS)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assured on Wednesday that Russia’s military objectives in Ukraine “go beyond the Donbass region in the east of the country”.

Therefore, she has specified that these targets are not limited to the east of the territory, which leaves the door open to advance to other areas to penetrate further into Ukraine. “The geography is different now. It is no longer just the Donetsk and Lugansk republics, it is also the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions and other areas,” he said.

“This process is ongoing. It is constantly changing,” he said in statements collected by Russian news outlets after Russian ground forces’ advances in recent weeks towards the Severodonetsk areas in an attempt to reach Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

Along those lines, Lavrov has warned that if the West continues to supply Ukraine with weapons capable of conducting long-range strikes, such as the US’s HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, “Russia’s geographic targets will evolve.”

“Because we cannot allow the part of Ukraine controlled by Volodymyr Zelenskyy or his successor to have weapons that endanger our territory or that of the separatist republics that have declared their independence and want to choose their own future,” he stressed.

He also stressed that the peace negotiations with the Ukrainian government are “pointless” in the current situation.


ANSWER FROM Kyiv

Following Lavrov’s remarks, Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Mikhailo Podoliak sarcastically celebrated that, as the war nears its sixth month, Russia “has finally begun to name Russia’s murderous intentions and bloody phenomena.”

According to Podoliak, Moscow is striving to create a kind of “satellite state in Ukraine, deprived of decision-making powers, without democratic guarantees and as criminal as Russia itself,” according to the UNIAN news agency.

For Presidential Advisor Voodimir Zelenskiy, it is unacceptable to interpret Lavrov’s words from a legal or negotiation point of view, since the details of the “criminal plans” of the aggressor country are at stake.

Likewise, she has emphasized that precisely “the basic concepts of Russian geography” are those that justify the supply of HIMARS missiles and other types of long-range artillery by allied countries to the troops of the Ukrainian army.

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