Russia is expanding the geography of the war. What does it mean

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Russia is expanding the geography of the war. What does this mean

plans to seize and, apparently, annex, not only the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but also Kherson and Zaporozhye.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov acknowledged that the Kremlin is waging a war of conquest in Ukraine. He stated that the “geographical tasks” of the Russian war is expanding. Following Putin's “hawk” Dmitry Medvedev said that the Russian army intends to “push Ukrainian troops not only from Donetsk, but also wider.” our website tells what it means.

Russia is afraid of HIMARS

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the “geographic objectives” of Russia's war against Ukraine have changed. He spoke about this in an interview with Russian propagandist Margarita Simonyan.

According to him, due to the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine, the Russian authorities decided to carry out “denazification and demilitarization” not only on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

LNR”, it is also the Kherson region, Zaporozhye region and a number of other territories, and this process continues, and continues consistently and persistently,” Lavrov said.

It follows from his words that “the geography of the “special operation” is allegedly changing on the basis of “military threats from the territory of Ukraine.” Lavrov added that if the West supplies Ukraine with long-range weapons – “these highmars, chtoli,” then “the borders will move even further.”

As Lavrov said, Russia cannot allow the part of the territory of Ukraine “which will be controlled by Zelensky or whoever replaces him” to have weapons capable of threatening Russian territory and quasi-republics.

At the end of March, there was a “different geography” at the talks in Istanbul,” he said. “Our willingness to accept the Ukrainian proposal was based on that geography, on the geography of the end of March 2022,” Lavrov explained.

Recall that at the end of March, Russian troops were driven out of the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other power units. Recently, Russian ruler Vladimir Putin said that they themselves left “to implement the agreements actually reached in Istanbul.”

Lavrov also stressed that Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine was inevitable, and he even “felt relieved” after the February 24 invasion.

On Tuesday, the odious chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, leader of the LDPR Leonid Slutsky, who took part in the negotiations in Istanbul, said that Russia would impose tougher conditions on Ukraine if negotiations were resumed. “Today, the conditions on our part will be completely different, tougher,” Slutsky said.

Lavrov added that “denazification and demilitarization” remain the tasks of the Russian army in the war against Ukrainians, “so that there are no threats to our security, military threats from the territory of Ukraine.”

On July 21, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting allegedly with the inhabitants of Ukraine, taken by Russian terrorists to the Rostov region, he announced the Kremlin's intentions “to move Ukrainian troops away not only from Donetsk, but now also wider.” “We will, of course, continue [the special operation]. There is no other option,” he said.

How Ukraine and the West reacted to Lavrov's statements

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Lavrov's statement about Russia's desire to seize more Ukrainian territories suggests that the Kremlin wants blood, not negotiations.

“Recognition of the Russian Foreign Minister in dreams of seizing more Ukrainian land prove: Russia rejects diplomacy and focuses on war and terror. Russians want blood, not negotiations. I call on all partners to tighten sanctions against the Russian Federation and accelerate the supply of weapons to Ukraine,” Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President's Office, suggested that not only geography, but also international law was poorly taught at MGIMO, where Lavrov studied.

“Otherwise, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry could know that war is war, occupation “This is occupation, and the destruction of a nation is genocide. But Lavrov's geography will be taught by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and long-range artillery. A little patience,” he wrote.

The words of the Russian minister were also heard in the West. A noteworthy reaction was the words of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who the day before announced new deliveries of HIMARS to Ukraine and other weapons.

“I am sure that the Ukrainian leadership will be pleased to hear Lavrov confirm the effectiveness of not only this system (HIMARS – ed.), but also how they (the Armed Forces of Ukraine – ed.) use this system,” he said.

The head of the Pentagon noted that Lavrov's words did not surprise anyone in the West. “You need to know who he is talking to. This is not a surprise to any of us, nor to anyone in Europe or anyone in the world. I think he is talking to people in Russia,” he suggested in during the briefing.

He also recalled the statements of Putin, who claimed that the “military special operation” would focus on the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

“His actions proved otherwise. And we knew, and our allies and partners knew, that he had great ambitions. And Lavrov only confirmed this. So, again, this is not surprising for those who participated in this or even watched it remotely , perhaps this is a surprise for the Russians, whom Putin lied to all the time,” Austin said.

A similar opinion is shared in Germany. Lavrov's statement is “just new propaganda,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock.

“Russia uses new arguments every time. Now they claim that this is due to military support (of Ukraine by the West – ed.) But they have attacked Kyiv and other parts of Ukraine before,” Burbock recalled.

She noted that Western military assistance is a joint effort of all NATO member states and added that she hopes for an early delivery of Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers and other weapons from Germany and the Netherlands, as well as an anti-missile defense system by the end of this summer.

What does the words about “expanding geography” mean

Ukrainian intelligence has another explanation for the new statements from Moscow. Vadym Skibitsky, deputy head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, said that they testify to the preparation of the ground for the annexation of the occupied territories in southern Ukraine.

He said that Russia in the information field built its “special operation” on the fighting in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, since the declared goal was to “help” the terrorists of the “LDNR”.

“Any there was no mention of an attack on Kyiv, the occupation of part of the south of Ukraine in the information space of Russia,” Skibitsky said at a briefing on July 21.

However, now the Kremlin is “creating the ground for resolving the status of the temporarily occupied territories in the south.” This can happen by holding a pseudo-referendum or direct annexation of the occupied territories of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions.

“We will see what this process will be like. Now there are active discussions in Moscow on how to make this process more “transparent” for the world community. One of the elements is the distribution of Russian passports. They are preparing the international community for a pseudo-referendum. This is the main scenario, “said the deputy head of the GUR.

He added that in the Russian Federation this will be presented as assistance to the Russian-speaking population.

Bloomberg, citing sources on July 21, reported that the Kremlin is in a hurry to hold “referendums” in the occupied territories of Ukraine until September 15 in order to provide Putin ” grounds” to include them in the Russian Federation already in the same month.

According to the interlocutors of the publication, Russian officials are preparing to organize “referendums” in the occupied regions, and in any other areas that the Russian troops “can capture in the coming weeks.”

head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Kiriyenko. He regularly visits the occupied territories of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to oversee the preparation of the “will” of the people.

“Given that the Russian armed forces have been struggling to move forward in recent months, the annexation will become The Kremlin is a sign of obvious progress in the operation for the Russians, and they also want to demonstrate their unwillingness to discuss giving up territories in any possible future peace talks. This week, the National Security and Defense Council reported that parity had developed at the front. The Ministry of Defense talks about the need for at least 100 HIMARS artillery missile systems. At the moment, there is a stalemate on the battlefield – Russia cannot advance, and Ukraine is not ready for a counteroffensive.

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