Lavrov said Moscow’s overall goal is to free Ukrainians from an “unacceptable regime”
The US ambassador to the UN said there should no longer be any doubts that Russia intends to dismantle Ukraine. Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the UN Security Council that the United States sees growing signs of Russia laying groundwork to attempt to annex all the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and the southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. The goal is to hold bogus referendums or decrees of annexation to Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during an Arab summit in Cairo that Moscow’s overall goal in Ukraine is to free its people from its “unacceptable regime. We will certainly help the Ukrainian people to get rid of the regime, which is absolutely anti-popular and anti-historical. “
In the Russian-occupied southern territories of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin’s party, United Russia, is actively engaged in preparing the announced referendums with which Moscow intends to sanction the annexation of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts to the Russian Federation in September. The Ukrainian agency UNIAN writes, according to which the polling stations and also the electoral lists are being prepared, recalling how the Ukrainian residents of those territories “temporarily occupied by the Russian army, are threatened with” deportation “if they do not take part in the referendum, which Kiev defines as a purely propaganda move, and the local distribution of Russian passports has been underway for some time, UNIAN recalls.