The objectives of the special operation do not include the occupation of Ukraine —

“In practice, agreements are often not respected”

The purpose of Russia’s special military operation is not the occupation of Ukraine, the overthrow of the country’s current government or the destruction of its statehood. This was stated on Wednesday during a briefing by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

“Protection of the DPR and the LPR, demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, elimination of the military threat from Russia, which comes from the territory of Ukraine due to its development by NATO countries accordingly and the pumping of ‘weapons,’ Zakharova recalled about the goals of the special operation. .

Russia hopes that a more significant step forward will be made in the next rounds of negotiations with Ukraine, Zakharova added.

“In practice, agreements are often not respected. We call on the Ukrainian side to do everything possible to ensure the safe passage of civilians,” the Foreign Ministry representative said.

According to Zakharova, about two million people in total turned to the Russian side with a request for evacuation.

Yesterday, the head of the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters for the Humanitarian Response, Head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, said that the militants of the territorial defense battalions continued to hold back hostage more than 4.5 million civilians as a “human shield”, as well as about 2,000 foreigners. According to him, the official representatives of the Kyiv authorities and the mayors of Ukrainian cities have received the strictest instructions not to allow any attempt to evacuate to the Russian Federation — civilians are not informed of a possible evacuation to the Russian Federation. Russia and the creation of humanitarian corridors for this purpose.


“Our long-standing fears have been confirmed”

The United States has also confirmed Russian concerns about the development of biological weapons in Ukraine — US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said today. This was stated on Wednesday during a briefing by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

“These days, our long-standing concerns have been confirmed, which we have repeatedly expressed and not for the first year, regarding the development of appropriate biological military equipment on the territory of Ukraine under the auspices of the special services competent from the United States. “, said Maria Zakharova.

Russia, according to the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wonders whether biomaterials have been destroyed in laboratories in Ukraine and whether dangerous substances have fallen into the hands of extremists and nationalists.

On March 6, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Kiev regime was urgently trying to cover the traces of a military biological program financed by the United States Department of Defense implemented in Ukraine to prevent the disclosure of violations. of Article 1 of the Biological Substances and Toxins Act. UN Weapons Convention. Employees of Ukrainian biological laboratories on February 24 submitted documents on the destruction of particularly dangerous pathogens of plague and anthrax. They claim that the development of components of biological weapons was carried out in close proximity to the territory of Russia.

Read all the latest news about the special operation, its consequences and reactions in the report by Realnoe Vremya.

Daria Pinegina

Michael A. Bynum