Russia plans to take full control of the southern part of the country and the Danvas in the second phase of a military operation in Ukraine. That’s what a senior Russian military commander said.
According to the BBC, Major Rustam Minekayev, the deputy commander of the country’s Central Military District, said Moscow had plans to establish a land corridor with Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
He said the second phase of the special military operation had started two days ago. The main task of the Russian army will be to establish full control over Danbas and southern Ukraine. This will establish a land corridor with Crimea, as well as affect the major benefits of Ukraine’s economy.
Rustam Minekayev added that once control was established in the south of Ukraine, there would be an opportunity to enter Transnistria. This is an area that is an isolated part of Moldova. Russian troops have already set up bases here.
Rustam Minekayev made the remarks at the annual meeting of the Union of Defense Industry Plants in Russia. The BBC has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment. The ministry said the matter was being investigated.
Earlier on Thursday, Russia demanded the capture of the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. This time, it is known that the Russian army has also captured 42 villages in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine. But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the claim to occupy Mariupol is untrue. There is a fight going on.