“Russian propaganda from February: “NATO is provoking us”. Putin today: “our goal is to eliminate Ukraine, we deny the existence of such a state”. On the Day of Knowledge in Russia you need to remember your history lesson. Ukraine – the place where it all began. Ukraine too — place of your inglorious end.”
Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, wrote this on Twitter. This is how he reacted to the statements to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a new “goal” of the war.
We remind you that during an open lesson in Kaliningrad, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a new goal of the war in Ukraine. According to him, an “anti-Russian enclave” is being created in Ukraine, which threatens Russia, and the purpose of the military actions is to eliminate it.
Putin explains to students the goal in Ukraine: liquidation of the anti-Russian enclave
For the first time, the Russian president spoke about victims
“On the territory of today’s Ukraine, an anti-Russian enclave began to be created, which threatens our country. Therefore, our guys who are fighting there protect both the residents of Donbas and Russia itself. And this, of course, deserves the support of the whole society.” , said the head of state.
After the coup [в Украйна] in 2014, residents of Donetsk, Luhansk and Crimea largely did not want to recognize the coup. This is not a children’s topic, but it is clear enough. In fact, they started a war against them and waged it for eight years,” is the interpretation of the Russian president, who calls the special military operation “our task” and “the mission of our soldiers.”
At the same time, the head of state defined public support for the Russian army as very important.
For the first time, the Russian president spoke about the sacrifices made by the Russian army in the war. “Because the guys who are fighting there are risking their health and many of them are dying. They should understand what they are giving their lives for. These are extremely important things. For Russia and for the people who live in Donbass,” Putin said, urging for public support.
He also made a brief historical digression into the past, noting that “Ukraine never had statehood before the creation of the Soviet Union.”
“There was no such country. After the revolution of 1917, various quasi-states were created, and during the formation of the Soviet Union, Ukraine also appeared. The Communist Party, which was in power at the time, created union republics, transferring much of the historical Russian territories, including Donbas, to Ukraine, even though the people of Donbas did not want this. And the documents testify to that,” Putin said.
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According to him, Luhansk and Donetsk (then the Kryvyi Rih Republic) should have been part of Russia first. “And then Vladimir Ilyich Lenin said: We have to decide again. And they gave it to the forming Ukraine. And nobody knows it there,” added the president.
Putin’s speech to schoolchildren in Kaliningrad was a long monologue. For more than an hour, answering seemingly posed questions from the students, Putin, when asked who his mentors were, appeared to get briefly sentimental as he recalled one of the most important lessons he said he had learned.
Speaking fondly of an old KGB mentor, he told the children that the man had “worked illegally abroad” for decades, risking his life, and “didn’t expect gratitude from the homeland”. Instead, he said, his mentor “was himself grateful to his country for giving him the opportunity to work and be needed.” Putin said he learned “the value of being” from that mentor, thanks to the realization that that value “is not in the fulfillment of ambitions, but in service.”
“I want to wish you all such mentors,” he said.
At the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 the president denied having any intention to occupy Ukrainian territories. At the time, he explained that his aim was to demilitarize and “denazify” the country, a claim rejected by Kyiv and the West as a pretext for an imperial-style war of expansion.
After the Russian army was repulsed in its initial attempt to capture the capital, Kyiv, on March 25 the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the first phase of the special operation is complete and now she will focus on “achieving the main goal – the liberation of Donbas”. However, Russian forces have already captured territory far beyond the Donbass, mostly in Zaporozhye and Kherson regions in southern Ukraine.