The Russian war of aggression in Ukraine has been raging for three months. Despite setbacks and the slow advance of Kremlin troops, Defense Minister Shoigu firmly believes in Moscow's victory. The operation will continue "until all tasks are completed," according to the Putin confidante.
After three months of war against Ukraine, Russia is confident of victory despite setbacks. "Despite the extensive Western aid to the Kiev regime and the sanctions pressure on Russia, we will continue the special military operation until all tasks are completed," Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, according to the Interfax agency. Russia began attacking the neighboring country on February 24, which resulted in massive sanctions from the West. The war is only called "special military operation" by Moscow.
Shoigu repeated the claim that Russia felt compelled to launch the attack "to protect our people from genocide and also to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine." The deputy head of the National Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, declared: "All the goals set by the President (Vladimir Putin) will be achieved. It cannot be otherwise, because the truth, including the historical one, is on our side."
At the same time, the former secret service chief, who is one of Putin's closest confidants, prepared his compatriots for prolonged fighting. "We're not chasing any deadlines," he told the tabloid Argumenty i Fakty.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is calling for faster military aid from the West in view of the heavy Russian attacks in the east. "It is too early to conclude that Ukraine already has all the weapons it needs," Kuleba wrote on Twitter. "The Russian offensive in Donbass is a merciless battle, the largest on European soil since World War II." In particular, his country needs multiple rocket launchers and long-range artillery.