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Russia has no plan to occupy Ukraine and not at war with Ukrainian people, says envoy

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 13th March, 2022 05:29:48 PM
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Russia has no plan to occupy Ukraine and not at war with Ukrainian people, says envoy

Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander V. Mantytskiy has reiterated that Russia has no plan to occupy the Ukrainian territory and the current special military operation is aimed to protect Russian-speaking civilians in Ukraine subjected to genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years and to eliminate neo-fascism.

“We do not plan to occupy the Ukrainian territory. We are not at war with Ukrainian people. We do not intend to impose anything on anyone by force. We have explained many times that the situation in Ukraine has evolved in such a way that it has come to pose a direct threat to Russia’s security,” he said in an open letter to media editors in Bangladesh on Sunday.

The Ambassador said the goals of the military operation are -- To protect Russian-speaking civilians in Ukraine subjected to genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years; To eliminate Neo-fascism; To prevent the development of nuclear weapons in Ukraine; and To stop the deployment of NATO military bases in Ukraine.

And the tasks are -- To demilitarise and denazify Ukraine (to free it from Nazi ideology); To put an end to Neo-fascism that has raised its head in Ukraine after being defeated in the Great Patriotic War, To eliminate military threats on the border of the Russian Federation; To disarm aggressive entities of Ukraine, posing threat to peaceful coexistence, and To identify and punish persons who have committed crimes against the civilian population of Ukraine and citizens of the Russian Federation by legal procedures in the courts of the Russian Federation, reads the letter.

In regards to predict Russia’s economic collapse and question the expedience of enhancing cooperation between Russia and Bangladesh, Ambassador Alexander V. Mantytskiy said: “Russia will handle and solve economic problems. We have been facing difficulties at all stages in our history. I can assure you that this time we will emerge from the crisis with a healthier mindset and mentality.”

“We will no longer have an illusion that the West can be a reliable partner who does not abandon anyone and its own values at the drop of a hat. And we will also do everything in our power to never depend on the West in the areas of critical importance for our people,” he added.

The Russian envoy has expressed displeasure over what he says “biased approach” of certain Bangladeshi media towards the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s actions and described it as "deliberate efforts" to undermine Dhaka-Moscow relations.

Ambassador Mantytskiy referred to the 1971 when Bangladeshis overthrow, with the active support from India and the USSR, the dominance of non-Bengali masters, to stop harassment, discrimination and violence against Bengali people, so that they could finally enjoy the right to speak their native language.

He said the Russian-speaking people of Donbas in East Ukraine have been struggling to obtain the same right for 8 years, while suffering from genocide unleashed by the Kiev regime.