Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is warning Europe of Russia potentially expanding its conquest past the Ukrainian border.
Transnistria, a pro-Russian separatist unrecognized state in Moldova, which borders Ukraine to the west, is facing threats of Russian backed secession. On Friday, April 22, the commander of Russia’s central military district revealed their quest to expand westwards.
Colonel General Aleksandr Lapin told state media, “Control over the south of Ukraine is another way to Transnistria, where there’s also evidence that the Russian-speaking population is being oppressed.”
President Zelensky used the commander’s words to reaffirm his months-long warning to the rest of Europe regarding Russia’s objective before the war with Ukraine began. In his nightly address, Zelensky stated, “this only confirms what I have said many times. The Russian invasion of Ukraine was intended only as a starter. They then want to capture other countries. Of course we’ll defend ourselves…but all nations that, like us, believe in the victory of life over death must fight with us. They have to help us because we are the first on this path, and who is next?”
The Moldovan foreign ministry summoned Moscow's ambassador Lilian Darii to demand that Russia respect its neutrality. The German news outlet DW claimed that western analysts are still highlighting President Putin’s recent territorial-gain failures, amid talks of western expansion.
Global Risk Analyst Justin Crump emphasized the importance of General Aleksandr Lapin’s words. Although the commander is not in the upper levels of the Russian governmental hierarchy, the information he disclosed is vital in understanding to strategically plan for the possibilities that lie ahead. According to Crump, there was a battalion tactical group backed by Russia in Transnistria, reserved to rally up in the Ukrainian war. There’s evidence that the occupation of Moldova was a plan all along.
As for the war in Ukraine, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is scheduled to meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin today, April 26, then a sequential meeting with Ukraine’s Volodmyr Zelensky to discuss matters of peace between the two nations.
Russia has issued an open criminal investigation against Russian opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza for supposedly spreading false information pertaining to Russia's military in the war. The activists’ arrest came short after accusations of avoiding police officers. Kara-Murza has been adjured to remain in pre-trial detention.
On April 11, Kara-Murza took to his twitter account to reveal Russian propaganda stating, “It is important that Western media organizations do not repeat uncritically those so-called opinion poll numbers alleging that the majority of Russian citizens support this aggression... That's what Putin wants you to believe.”
The anti-Russian aggression activist was detained outside his home in Moscow on the same day, hours after publicly denouncing Russia’s war on Ukraine during a broadcasted interview with CNN.
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