Russia aims to take full control over Donbass, Southern Ukraine
The second phase of the special operation has already begun and aims to establish full control over Donbass and southern Ukraine.
The goals of the second phase of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine include establishing full control over the Donbass region and southern Ukraine, the acting commander of the Central Military District, Maj. Gen. Rustam Minnekaev, said on Friday.
"Since the beginning of the second phase of the special operation, it has already begun, literally two days ago, one of the tasks of the Russian army is to establish full control over Donbass and southern Ukraine, this will ensure a land corridor to Crimea," Minnekaev said at the annual meeting of the Union of Defense Industries of the Sverdlovsk Region.
Second phase to establish control over Donbass, southern Ukraine: Russian Defense
The acting commander of the Central Military District, Rustam Minnikaev, announced today, Friday, that the second phase of the special operation aims to establish control over Donbass and southern Ukraine.
Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Federation of Defense Industries in the Sverdlovsk region, Minnikaev said the second phase of the special operation [in Ukraine], which has already started, two days ago, aims is to establish full control over Donbass and southern Ukraine to provide a land corridor to Crimea.
On March 25, the Russian Armed Forces completed the main tasks of the first phase of the special military operation in Ukraine, significantly limiting the combat capabilities of Ukraine; aiming to liberate the Donbass region.
On Thursday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the liberation of the city of Mariupol, which he described as the capital of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, noting that the gunmen were trapped in the area of the Azovestal factory.
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Yesterday, Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin directed the army to tighten the cordon on the Azovstal industrial zone and not to storm the place to preserve the lives of Russian soldiers.
Moscow has set its goals to eliminate the militarization of Ukraine and Nazi tendencies in this country and to bring to justice all war criminals responsible for the "bloody crimes against civilians" in Donbass.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the armed forces are bombing the military infrastructure and the Ukrainian forces, which are not laying down arms, without affecting the civilian population.