Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister: “We did not invade Ukraine”


The foreign minister stressed that what is happening in Ukraine is a “special military operation” to “reject” Kyiv.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Icon Forum
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.AP
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The Russian Foreign Minister, Serguy Lavrov, denied in an interview aired by the BBC on Thursday that Russia had invaded Ukraine and accused Western countries of spreading “fake news”.

“We didn’t invade Ukraine. We announced a special military operation because we had no other way to convince the West Dragging Ukraine into NATO was a criminal act“, he said. Since the Russian troops started war in ukraineOn 24 February, according to Kyiv estimates, more than 4,000 civilians, 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers and 30,000 Russians have been killed.

In one of the few interviews given to international media, Lavrov insists on Moscow’s official version that Disclaimer running in Ukraine. The journalist cited a United Nations report on the Ukrainian population of Zahidne, where “360 residents, including 74 children and five disabled people, were forced by the Russian armed forces without toilets or toilets in the basement of the school for 28 days.” “Water” and “the death of ten elders”. “Is it fighting the Nazis?” asked the journalist.

“It is a great pity, but international diplomats, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Michel Bachelet), the UN Secretary-General (Antonio Guterres) and other UN representatives, are under pressure from the West and on several occasions, they They used to promote fake news,” Lavrov said. Russia’s foreign minister has also been questioned two british fighting with ukrainian army and have been sentenced to death by pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Amnesty International and other organizations have warned that prisoners of war cannot be prosecuted for participating in hostilities under the Geneva Convention. “I am not at all interested in the West’s point of view. I am only interested in international legitimacy. According to international law, Mercenaries are not recognized as combatants“, underlined.

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