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Russia says it will continue Ukraine offensive until all ‘goals achieved’

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) and chief of the general staff Valery Gerasimov attend a meeting with Russian President in Moscow, on February 27, 2022. (Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP)
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) and chief of the general staff Valery Gerasimov attend a meeting with Russian President in Moscow, on February 27, 2022. (Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP)

Russia will continue the offensive in Ukraine until its “goals are achieved,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says, almost a week into Moscow’s invasion.

“Russian armed forces will continue to conduct the special military operation until set goals are achieved,” Shoigu says at a press conference aired on state television.

He says Moscow aims to “demilitarize and de-Nazify” Ukraine, as well as protect Russia from a “military threat created by Western countries.”

Russian officials have frequently repeated the claims of Nazism, despite the fact that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish.

Russian media has repeatedly sought to portray Ukraine as aligned with Nazism, without evidence to support such accusations.

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