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Russia says its military goals in Ukraine are no longer focused ‘only’ on east

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, July 8, 2022. (Willy Kurniawan/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, July 8, 2022. (Willy Kurniawan/Pool Photo via AP)

Russia’s military aims in Ukraine are no longer focused “only” on the country’s east, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says, adding that supplies of Western weapons have changed the Kremlin’s calculus.

“The geography is different now. It is not only about the DNR and LNR, but also the Kherson region, the Zaporizhzhia region and a number of other territories,” Lavrov tells state media in an interview. “This process is continuing, consistently and persistently.”

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