Russia named the top task in the operation in Ukraine

The Kremlin said Russia considers the elimination of Ukrainian nationalist battalions a top priority in the operation there.

“The main task is to liberate Ukraine from the nationalist battalions. The operation continues and the tasks set out are clearly stated. They will have to be completed, no doubt about that,” the statement said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on April 15.

Mr. Peskov said that peaceful life is returning “in places where nationalist battalions do not take civilians hostage, nor do they open fire on social facilities and houses”.

“In the places where the nationalist battalions do what I mentioned, there is fierce fighting and all these battalions must be destroyed,” Peskov said.

Ukraine has not yet commented on the Russian statement.

BTR-82 armored personnel carrier of the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine on April 6.  Photo: RIA Novosti.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 announced the launch of a special military operation at the request of the leaders of the two self-proclaimed republics in Donbass, eastern Ukraine.

Putin said the operation was aimed at “de-militarizing and de-fascistising Ukraine”, while insisting that Russia “has no plans to occupy the territories” of its neighbour.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov warned on April 15 that the scale and frequency of missile attacks on the capital Kiev would increase if “nationalist authorities continue their attacks. terrorism or sabotage on Russian territory”.

General Konashenkov announced that a Russian S-400 missile system shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter near the village of Gorodnya in the Chernihiv province in the north of the country. He said this was a helicopter that infiltrated Russian airspace and attacked civilians in the village of Klimovo in Bryansk province, western Russia on April 14.

After withdrawing from the area north of Kiev in early April, Russia is refocusing its forces in eastern Ukraine, preparing for major fighting in the Donbass region. If Russia controls the Donbass, Russia will be able to establish a solid land corridor to the south, connecting it to the Crimean peninsula.

The appearance of the Ukrainian battlefield after 8 weeks of fighting.  Click to see details.

The appearance of the Ukrainian battlefield after 8 weeks of fighting. Click to see details.

Nguyen Tien (According to TASS)

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