Russia admits “difficulties” in the Ukrainian war – the “special operation” will nevertheless be continued

Demilitarization as a goal
Russia admits ‘difficulties’ – ‘operation will continue’

Such tones are rare in Russia: a security adviser speaks of “difficulties” and the Chechen leader Kadyrov even of “mistakes” made during the invasion. However, the “special operation” continues and is now fully running as planned.

Russia acknowledged the difficulties and mistakes in its war of aggression against Ukraine, but announced that the fighting would continue. “Despite all the difficulties, the special military operation will continue to the end,” National Security Council Deputy Secretary Rashid Nurgaliev said.

Despite Western arms deliveries to Ukraine, the operation continues. All “tasks – including demilitarization and denazification as well as protection of the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk – will be fully implemented”, the former interior minister said.

The head of the Russian republic of Chechnya in the North Caucasus, Ramzan Kadyrov, even spoke of “mistakes” at the start of the February 24 war against Ukraine. “At first there were mistakes, there were some shortcomings, but now everything is 100% according to plan,” Kadyrov told a political forum. The tasks set by President Vladimir Putin would be fully fulfilled.

Kadyrov reports on new volunteers

Kadyrov’s troops are fighting in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Lugansk and Donetsk. He said about 200 other volunteers had registered to work in Ukraine. Chechen fighters, also deployed in Syria, are known for their brutality.

Kadyrov, notoriously dictator, also criticized the policy of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who “behaved like a schizophrenic” and not like a “head of state” in the face of Western arms deliveries. At the same event the day before, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused Germany of being under US influence. “After the current German government came to power, it lost its last signs of independence,” he said.

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