Russia’s former chief Dmitry Medvedev instructed Saturday that Moscow could annex extra areas of Ukraine, as he marked one yr for the reason that Kremlin claimed 4 Ukrainian territories as its personal.
Moscow held elections within the 4 areas this month, however doesn’t absolutely management any of them and is at the moment battling a Ukrainian counteroffensive to take them again.
“The particular army operation will proceed till the entire destruction of the Nazi regime in Kyiv,” stated Medvedev, who now serves as deputy chair of Russia’s Safety Council.
“Victory shall be ours. And there shall be extra new areas inside Russia,” he stated.
Russia makes use of the time period “new areas” to confer with the Ukrainian territories of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson that Moscow claimed to annex final September.
President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation earlier to mark the anniversary of the annexations, calling them a historic alternative by the folks dwelling there to reunite with the “Fatherland”.
Medvedev, as soon as thought of a liberal reformer, has since grow to be certainly one of Moscow’s most hawkish voices in assist of the Ukraine offensive and infrequently denounces the West in inflammatory posts on social media.
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