Status: 07/20/2022 3:45 p.m.
According to Foreign Minister Lavrov, Russia’s goals in Ukraine are no longer limited to Donbass. Now it’s about other territories. This is a reaction to longer range western weapons.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has threatened to occupy more parts of Ukraine in response to Western arms shipments. “The geography is different now,” the head of Russian diplomacy said in an interview with state broadcaster RT.
It is no longer just Donbass with the Russian-recognized “People’s Republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk and the southern Ukrainian regions of Cherson and Zaporizhia, but also “a number of other territories,” Lavrov said. “This process is ongoing, it continues consistently and vigorously.”
West provides weapons with increasing range
According to Lavrov, Ukraine receives weapons from the West with ever-increasing ranges of up to 300 kilometers. That is why the Ukrainian troops must be pushed back further and further so that there is no threat to the “People’s Republics” or Russia.
Russia cannot allow the rest of the territory, which is still controlled by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy or anyone else, to pose a threat. Lavrov recalled that Russia is concerned about the demilitarization of Ukraine.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced at the start of a videoconference with allies that the United States would deliver four more HIMARS missile systems to Ukraine.
One fifth of occupied Ukraine
According to Ukrainian data, Russia has occupied more than 20% of Ukrainian territory since the beginning of the war. Currently, the Russian army is slowly but surely advancing in the Donbass.
To the south, in the province of Kherson, according to experts such as the Institute for the Study of War, the Ukrainian army has managed to retake territory. In order to stop the Russian advance and retake the occupied territories, the Ukrainian government repeatedly demanded longer-range heavy weapons.
In white: advance of the Russian army. In green: separatist areas supported by Russia. Crimea: annexed by Russia.
Moscow: No new negotiations
During a visit to the Iranian capital Tehran on Tuesday evening, Putin made it clear that an earlier Russian offer for a solution to the conflict was no longer valid. Ukraine had rejected Russian demands to voluntarily give up territory. The focus was on the Donbass with Lugansk and Donetsk regions and the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.
However, the Russian military declared early on that they wanted to completely separate the country from the sea and take control of the entire south, including the city of Odessa. According to Russian news agency Ria Novosti, Lavrov also reiterated that peace talks with Ukraine are currently meaningless.
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