For Russia, when conducting a military operation in Ukraine, the life of the military and civilians is a priority, Shoigu said. He accused the “collective West” of trying to prolong the conflict, but reaffirmed that all tasks will be completed
Russia's main priorities for the military operation in Ukraine— it is the preservation of the life and health of Russian servicemen, as well as the exclusion of a threat to the security of the civilian population, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a conference call.
The Minister stressed that the operation would continue “until the tasks set by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief are fully completed.” (quote from RIA Novosti).
Shoigu accused the “collective West”, which continues to supply weapons to Kyiv, of trying to prolong the conflict in Ukraine. According to the Ministry of Defense, more than 28,000 of your goods arrived there. Part of the weapons, says the minister, “spreads across the Middle East region, and also ends up on the black market.”
The Russian military operation has been going on since February 24. At the end of March, Shoigu said that her main tasks had been completed and “the combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was significantly reduced,” so the Russian military could focus on the main goal— “liberation of Donbass”.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
On July 3, Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that Russian forces had taken control of Lisichansk— the satellite city of Severodonetsk and nearby settlements in the Luhansk region. Lysychansk remained the last major city under the control of Kyiv in the region. Later, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had left Lysichansk: the decision was made to save the lives of the military.
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Two days later, the head of the Ministry of Defense reported on the results of the “successful operation to liberate the LNR” and taking control of 25 settlements.
Putin, in February, announcing the start of a military operation, called its goal “demilitarization”; and “denazification” Ukraine, as well as the protection of the civilian population of Donbass from the “genocide”, which, according to the president, was carried out by Kyiv. On June 29, the head of state stated that Russia's ultimate goal, in addition to the “liberation of Donbass”— security guarantees for Moscow. Putin also urged not to talk about the timing of the operation due to the intensity of hostilities, which, according to him, is directly related to possible losses.
Martial law has been in effect in Ukraine since the end of February (the last time it was extended to 23 August), Kyiv severed diplomatic relations with Moscow. In April, Zelensky said the country was ready to fight Russia “for ten years.” At the end of June, speaking at the G7 summit, he called for doing everything possible to end hostilities before the end of the year.