Ukraine believes that Russia still has plans to capture Kiev

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Ukrainian Defense officials on Wednesday said they believe Russian President Vladimir Putin still intends to capture Kiev in order to absorb the country as new. Russian state in its federation.

Deputy Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Major Operations Department Oleksiy Gromov told reporters that Russia’s goal to focus its efforts in eastern and southern Ukraine is part of a larger plan to take over the entire nation. .

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Russia withdrew its efforts to take the capital Kiev in late March after it failed to make much progress after months of trying to take the city from three different directions.

A woman walks by a metro station in central Kiev as Russia celebrates Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Kiev, Ukraine on May 9, 2022.

A woman walks by a metro station in central Kiev as Russia celebrates Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Kiev, Ukraine on May 9, 2022.
(REUTERS / Carlos Barria)

The Kremlin then refocused its efforts in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions to the east and announced its goal of conquering the Ukrainian regions along the Black Sea, a move that, if successful, would not only give Russia domination of cities. ports, but a path to target neighboring Moldova.

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“Let us consider his attempts to take control of the territory of Odesa, Mykolayiv and part of the Zaporizhzhya oblast, create a land corridor to the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova, capture the territory of central Ukraine, capture Kiev, organize re-elections” Gromov said during a press conference in reference to Putin’s goals.

A woman walks by a metro station in central Kiev as Russia celebrates Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Kiev, Ukraine on May 9, 2022. REUTERS / Carlos Barria
(REUTERS / Carlos Barria)

The deputy chief said Moscow will attempt to rely on pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine and eastern Moldova in the breakaway region of Transnistria to help it create a new state and incorporate it into Russia, a move that would reunite the former’s territory. Soviet Union under the Moscow government.

Gromov’s warnings on Wednesday were the strongest yet not outlined by Ukrainian authorities, although officials have been warning of these suspicions for weeks.

TOPSHOT – Ukrainian soldiers rest in their position near Lyman in eastern Ukraine on April 28, 2022, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP via Getty Images)
(YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP via Getty Images)

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The head of the military administration of the city of Kiev, Mykola Zhirnov, said last month that authorities expect Russia to take a second stab in Kiev and demanded that all women, children and the elderly not return to their homes yet. their homes in the areas surrounding the capital, Ukrainian newspaper Reports Pravda.

Similarly, the mayor of Kiev Vitaliy Klitschko put on guard in early April “The fact that the enemy has withdrawn from Kiev does not mean that they have given up their desire to take over the capital.”