Berlin The Russian general has publicly commented on Putin’s goals. Control over eastern Ukraine is not enough. where does it stop
- Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the world has been asking: what Vladimir Putin wants
- Now the Russian general has publicly commented on the Russian president’s goals
- It does not seem to end in the war in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has been raging – almost for a day – for two months now. All experts agree that after the unsuccessful blitzkrieg victory and conquest of the East, the Russian invasion is entering a new phase. Many are puzzled as to how to proceed. It is a million-dollar question about President Vladimir Putin’s goals. where does it stop
There is a disturbing response from a competent source, the Supreme Military Man, Major General Rustam Minnekayev, the Deputy Commander of the Central Russian Military District. He thinks that the south with the port city of Odessa will be conquered in the east and that a corridor will be sought for pro-Russian separatists in Transnistria. According to Russian media, the general reportedly said this at a meeting of the Association of Defense Industry Companies.
Moldova: Is a small country Putin’s next target?
That must scare the Republic of Moldova. It would be a new front: a small country, probably the poorest in Europe, with only 2.6 million citizens and a frozen conflict – with Russia. Moldova is not a member of NATO and therefore has no guarantees of protection. Shortly after the start of the war, EU membership was hastily applied for.
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Moldova, colloquially: Moldova, lies on the Black Sea, sandwiched between Romania in the west and Ukraine in the east; multi-ethnic state, more Russians than Moldovans live here. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the separatists broke away. In 1992, Moldova tried to regain the breakaway province. The conflict ended with an ultimatum from Russia. He has since been considered “frozen.” Moscow has so often resolved border disputes: create the facts. Examples are the frozen conflicts between Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
It is not clear whether Russian troops are marching to the Moldovan border, but it is not excluded. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov leaves open the question of whether the “special operation” will be extended. Russian troops now control most of Luhansk. The conquest of Donetsk, the fall of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, land access to the Crimea – these are probably Putin’s minimum targets.
If his troops advance on Odessa, they will destroy Ukraine’s lifeline: access to the Black Sea, which is important for trade. And they share the land. In Kiev, they call it the “Korean solution.” It is a nightmare for President Volodymir Zelenský.
Putin: Will he announce his exit strategy on May 9?
Putin’s presumed list of tasks: firstly, government over eastern Ukraine, secondly, the Crimean corridor, thirdly, control over the Black Sea. Fourth, access to Transnistria. Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov speculates on the fifth goal. According to him, the offensive actions will take place “in all settlements, towns and villages”. After the liberation of Luhansk and Donetsk, Kyiv would be here.
Meanwhile, Russia has paid a high price for blood. The number of fallen soldiers is said to be over 13,000. Western sanctions are also hitting the country hard. On May 9, the country traditionally celebrates “Victory Day” (over Germany) – and then you will see if Putin pursues an exit strategy, and if so, which one. Until then, he could hold a referendum on the Donbas and declare independence of eastern Ukraine, freeze the war and seek negotiations. On Tuesday, he will receive a natural mediator in the person of UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Or: Putin continues. Is Moldova his next war target?
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