Lavrov Says Russia’s Goals in Ukraine Now Expand Beyond Donbas, by Dave DeCamp

Several commentators have noted the Russian strategy of slowly ratcheting up the pain. This appears to be part of that strategy. From Dave DeCamp at antiwar.com:

The Russian diplomat said if the West continues to pump arms into Ukraine, Russia will move further into the country

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Russia’s goals in Ukraine are now expanded beyond the Donbas region, citing the failed peace talks and Western military aid to Ukraine.

When Russia pulled its forces out of areas in northern Ukraine, Moscow said it would focus on the “liberation” of the breakaway Donbas republics, known as the Donestk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). Lavrov’s comments are the first time a high-level Russian official acknowledged Moscow’s war aims extend beyond that region.

Lavrov said that geographical realities changed after Russian and Ukrainian negotiators failed to reach a breakthrough at talks that were held in Istanbul back in March. “Now the geography is different, it’s far from being just the DPR and LPR, it’s also Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions and a number of other territories,” the Russian foreign minister said.

During the peace talks in March, Russia demanded that Ukraine recognize the DPR and LPR as independent and drop its claim to Crimea, which Russia has controlled since 2014. Before Russia invaded on February 24, Moscow wanted Kyiv to fulfill the Minsk accords to end the war in the Donbas, which would have granted the DPR and LPR autonomy, but they would have remained part of Ukraine.

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One response to “Lavrov Says Russia’s Goals in Ukraine Now Expand Beyond Donbas, by Dave DeCamp

  1. I can see Russia taking Odessa and possibly going as far West as Lyvov where they will melt down the ridiculous statue of Stepan Bandera. That should cause a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth in many Galicians.

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