“Russian missiles are the spit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in face to the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, “he said in a post reported by Reuters, Oleh Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Missiles that fired at two warships of the Black Sea Fleet, positioned off the coast of Crimea (occupied by Russia in 2014); it seems the confirmation of the new ones expansionist aims announced by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergej Lavrov.
The July 20 Lavrov had explained to the news agency Ria Novosti that Russia’s military objectives go beyond the so-called Donetsk and Luhans’k republicsincluding areas where the occupying forces have already gained ground, such as the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, but also “Another series of territories” not better specified. To be clear, Kherson is located less than 200 kilometers from Odessa; a few months ago Russia seemed willing to occupy the entire Ukrainian coastal area, in order to arrive not far from the borders with Transnistria, a region “independent” from Moldova, under the influence of the Kremlin.
What the Russian minister announced was a significant change of course compared to the declarations at the end of March, which came after the withdrawal of the Moscow army following the Ukrainian resistance that had pushed the occupation forces from the Kyiv region to the eastern borders. of the Donbas region. On that occasion, after the failure of the peace talks in Istanbul, Lavrov had stated that the only Russian target in Ukraine would have concerned the eastern region, where the separatists of Luhans’k and Donetsk are located. A decision officially denied and canceled, within a few months.