Zelensky announced Russia’s unwillingness to complete the operation in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he did not see Russia's desire to end the military operation. The Kremlin has previously stated that the special operation is going according to plan and all its goals will be achieved .jpg” alt=”Zelensky announced Russia's unwillingness to complete the operation in Ukraine” />

Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he did not see Russia's readiness to complete the special operation. The Ukrainian leader stated this while speaking via video link at the British Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, on April 8, the Prosecutor General's Office recognized the activities of the organization as undesirable in Russia).

“Today is the 72nd day <…> [special operation], and we do not yet see its end and do not feel the desire of the Russian side to end it, — Zelensky said. He spoke Ukrainian with simultaneous translation into English.

Russia launched a military special operation in Ukraine on February 24, President Putin called its goals “denazification”; and “demilitarization” countries. At the same time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the timing of the operation would depend on “effectiveness and consistency”, they would be determined by the supreme commander in chief, who is the president.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that that the special operation is going according to plan and in accordance with the schedule, and its tasks are being successfully solved. Putin explained in April that the military operation in Ukraine could move faster, but this depends on the intensity of the fighting, which is associated with losses. Russia intends to achieve all goals, minimizing losses, and will act “rhythmically, calmly,” he noted then.

In the second half of April, Russia announced the start of the second phase of the operation, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, this “will be a very important moment.” Later, the deputy commander of the Central Military District for military-political work, Major General Rustam Minnekaev, explained that the Russian military intended to take control of the Donbass and southern Ukraine during the second phase of the special operation.

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On May 4, Lavrov said that the military would not artificially adjust its actions in the operation to any specific date, including Victory Day. He noted that the pace of the special operation in Ukraine depends “on the need to minimize any risks for the civilian population and Russian military personnel.”

After that, on May 5, Ukrainian President Alexander Lukashenko, in an interview with The Associated Press, called the Russian special operation in Ukraine protracted. “I feel it in such a way that this operation dragged on,” — then said Lukashenka.

Dmitry Peskov told reporters on May 6, commenting on Lukashenka's statements, that “the operation is going according to plan.”

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Vladimir Zelensky

Politician, President of Ukraine

January 24, 1978

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