Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Russia has been several times "changed its military targets".
The main changes announced by Moscow for 5 months are published by DW.
July 2022: "Geographical targets" RF expanded
The other day, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that now the geography is different, not limited to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, it could be Kherson, Zaporozhye regions, other territories.
June 2022: Preventing threats to NATO< /strong>
Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that it is important for the Russian Federation to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO. This is – main. Like, for Russia it will be more dangerous than joining the alliance of Sweden and Finland. "Any attempt to encroach on Crimea – This is a declaration of war on our country. And if a NATO member state does this, it means a conflict with the entire North Atlantic Alliance, a third world war. A complete disaster", – he warned.
May 2022: “There is no goal in the Russian Federation to change the government in Ukraine, the goal is the security of people in the Donbas”
Lavrov said on May 1 that Russia is not at all trying to overthrow the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv."We don't demand that he surrender. We demand that he order the release of all civilians and an end to resistance. Our goal is not to change the regime in Ukraine,” he stressed. Claimed that the real goal of the Russian Federation is to ensure security for people in the east of Ukraine, “Western colleagues” use the situation in Ukraine to prevent the “emergence of a multipolar world”.
March and April 2022: Ukraine's neutrality and the threat of NATO
Closer to April, after the failure of the blitzkrieg in the Russian Federation, they announced that denazification and demilitarization had faded into the background, the priority was to support the Donbass and resolve the conflict through negotiations. In particular, Colonel-General Sergei Rudsky, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces, stated that “the main goal is to provide assistance to the population of the” DPR “; and LPR”, which were subjected to genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years”.
In March, all Russian politicians claimed to be concerned about threats to Russia from the West and NATO. They noted that Ukraine should be neutral, therefore, they seek to prevent its entry into the Alliance. In particular, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that if a conflict arose between Russia and NATO, the consequences would be catastrophic. Therefore, the goal – denazification and demilitarization. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted that the main goal – to protect the Russian Federation from a military threat from Western countries that are “trying to use Ukrainians in the fight.”
February 24, 2022: “Protection of the people of Donbass”.
< p>Putin said that “the purpose of the special operation is to protect people who have been facing humiliation and genocide committed by the Kyiv regime for eight years already”, therefore the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine is necessary. The occupation of Ukrainian territories, according to him, was not part of the Kremlin's plans. “We're not going to force anything on anyone“, – he assured.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich