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Putin’s army to step west after occupation of Ukraine, warns Zelensky

Russian General Rustam Minekayev said Moscow’s communication with Transnistria would be facilitated if Russian control was established in southern Ukraine.

After the capture of Mariupol, this time Vladimir Putin’s eyes are on eastern Ukraine. At his behest, the Russian military has already stepped up its offensive in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (collectively known as Donbass). “The future of the country depends on eastern and southern Ukraine,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday

Vladimir Putin will eventually direct his troops to occupy other western countries this time. In fact, Transnistria, part of Ukraine’s western neighbor Moldova, has been under Russian occupation since the 1990s. After the capture of Mariupol, Russian General Rustam Minekayev said that Moscow’s communication with Transnistria would be facilitated if Russian control was established in southern Ukraine.

Even on the 59th day of the war, the capital, Kiev, was largely occupied by Russian troops. Even Zelensky’s army recaptured some of the territory they had occupied. In this situation, Putin has given priority to occupying the Donbass region near the Russian border, slowing down the Kiev-led operation. On February 23, Putin announced that he would recognize Donbass as an “independent state.” The next day, he officially announced a military operation against Ukraine.

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