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Russia says its military targets are no longer ‘solely’ in eastern Ukraine

Russia's military objectives in Ukraine are no longer "only" focused on the east of the country, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

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Sergey Lavrov added that Western arms supplies changed the Kremlin’s calculus. In an interview, Sergey Lavrov justified this change by a “different geography” with respect to the situation that existed in Ukraine at the end of March, when Russia had said that it wanted to concentrate on the east of the country, after having failed to conquer kyiv, the capital.

“This is not only about the DNR (Donetsk) and LNR (Lugansk), but also the Kherson region, the Zaporizhia region and other territories,” Lavrov told state media in an interview. “This process continues, consistently and persistently,” the Russian foreign minister stressed to the Ria-Novosti press agency and the RT channel.

These statements come after Russia has registered in recent weeks territorial conquests in eastern Ukraine, taking Severodonetsk and Lyssytchansk, which opened the way for it to try to advance towards the cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, further west. Lavrov: “Geographical targets would change” However, fierce fighting continues to rage in this part of Ukraine, which has recent deliveries of better Western artillery pieces. On the other hand, Lavrov warned that if the West continues to supply Ukraine with weapons capable of long-range strikes, such as the American HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, Russia’s geographic targets would change even more.

“Because we cannot allow weapons to be found in the part of Ukraine controlled by (President Volodymyr) Zelensky or his replacement that can directly threaten our territory or that of the (separatist) republics that declared their independence or want to choose their future. alone,” she declared.

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