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Russia to extend war beyond east Ukraine

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia is no longer “primarily” concentrating its military efforts in Ukraine’s east.

He said that Moscow’s policy had altered in an interview with Russian official media after the West gave Ukraine longer-range weaponry.

He said that in order for Russia to maintain its own security, Ukrainian soldiers would now need to be pushed back from the front line.

The US had previously charged Russia with making plans to annex portions of Ukraine.

In February, Russia invaded Ukraine on the false pretense that the Donbas area in eastern Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population had experienced a genocide and needed to be freed.

Five months later, Russia has taken over portions of the east and south of the nation, although it has now declared that its primary goal is the liberation of Donbas after failing to take Kyiv as planned.

Since February, Ukraine has received more potent weaponry from the West for use in its defense against Russian soldiers.

According to Mr. Lavrov, this has compelled Russia to broaden its goals.

In an interview with Margarita Simonyan, a well-known analyst on Russian TV and editor-in-chief of broadcaster RT, Mr. Lavrov stated, “We cannot allow the portion of Ukraine controlled by [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky… to acquire weapons that would constitute a direct danger to our territory.”

He declared, quoting Russia’s most recent goals as the southern Kherson and Zaporizhzhia areas, “The landscape is changed now. Parts of both areas are already controlled by Moscow’s military.

Mr. Lavrov made explicit reference to the longer-range Himars rocket system, which the US has just delivered and with which Ukraine has had some success.

According to reports, Ukrainian soldiers have been using Himars to attack a crucial, critical bridge in the seized Kherson for the past two days. One of the two bridges that Russia uses to supply territory it has annexed on the west side of the Dnipro river, including Kherson city, is the Antonivskyi Bridge.

The West’s decision to arm Ukraine was characterized by the Russian foreign minister as an expression of “impotent fury” and a “will to make things worse.”

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