Vadim Savitsky / press service of the RF Ministry of Defense / RIA Novosti
Shoigu described in detail to his colleagues the situation in which it was decided to conduct a special operation in Donbass, and spoke about the threat posed to our country and our own citizens by the Ukrainian authorities, actively supported by Washington and Brussels. According to him, the situation in the Eastern European region of collective security has significantly deteriorated. Despite Russia’s efforts, the West did not take into account the proposals to solve the key problems for our security: the non-expansion of NATO to the East and the non-deployment of attack weapons near Russian territory. Everything was done exactly the other way around.
The United States has set a course for the complete dismantling of the existing architecture of international security. This process is accompanied by the global deployment of a missile defense system and the development of medium and short range missile systems. “The North Atlantic Alliance has moved closer to our borders and has increased its combat potential many times over,” Shoigu stressed.
According to him, efforts have been intensified for Ukraine’s entry into NATO and the deployment of a coalition military infrastructure on its territory. And Ukraine itself was becoming a state hostile to Russia, used as an instrument of pressure on our country. Furthermore, there is a real threat that the kyiv regime will create nuclear weapons and their means of delivery. A network of more than 30 biological laboratories participating in the US military biological program has been formed on the territory of Ukraine. Shoigu stressed that it was documented that these studies were conducted in secret, in violation of international obligations. In the immediate vicinity of the borders of the Russian Federation, in fact, components of biological weapons were created, methods were developed to destabilize the epidemiological situation.
Furthermore, under Western patronage, Russophobic nationalist sentiments developed in Ukrainian society. The Russian language, Russian culture and our common history were persecuted. Those who did not agree with such a development of events were simply destroyed.
For eight years, the kyiv regime methodically bombed the cities and towns of Donbass. During this time, more than 14 thousand people died, about 33 thousand were injured. “All our attempts to force kyiv to comply with the Minsk agreements were in vain, it simply ignored them. In the current situation, Russia was forced to launch a special military operation to protect people from genocide, as well as demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, ensuring its neutral and nuclear-weapon-free status,” Shoigu explained.
Fearing the defeat of the Ukrainian troops, the West urgently organized the supply of lethal weapons. A large-scale campaign has been launched to misinform the world community about the true causes of the crisis. Military advisers and employees of private military companies are sent to the country, and the number of foreign mercenaries has exceeded 6,000.
To maintain power, the kyiv regime, according to Shoigu, uses terrorist methods against its own people. Nationalists carry out demonstrative executions of those who refused to take part in hostilities. Militants block civilians from leaving cities, use them as “human shields” and scatter their tanks and artillery in residential areas.
“The release of criminals and the uncontrolled distribution of weapons led to massive cases of violence, robbery and looting. Numerous acts of brutal torture and murder of Russian prisoners of war are known. And this is not hidden,” Shoigu said.
However, the West refuses to acknowledge these facts. The so-called civilized countries not only deny the existence of neo-Nazism in Ukraine, but also honorably welcome representatives of Nazi units involved in bloody atrocities.
The Defense Minister of the Russian Federation said that our Armed Forces, unlike the Ukrainian ones, do not attack civilian infrastructure where there may be civilians. Revealed firing positions and enemy military targets are hit by high-precision weapons. And for the departure of the inhabitants of the fenced settlements, regimes of silence are announced and humanitarian corridors are created. “Of course, this slows down the pace of the offensive, but it is done deliberately to avoid civilian casualties,” Shoigu said.
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