“We did not invade Ukraine,” says Russian foreign minister in interview

O ministro das Relações Exteriores da Rússia, Sergei Lavrov.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergei Lavrov.| Photo: EFE/EPA/MAXIM SHEMETOV

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergei Lavrov, said this Thursday (16), in an interview broadcast by the British BBC network, that the country did not invade Ukraine and made accusations against Western countries from spreading fake news. “We did not invade Ukraine. We declared a special military operation because we had absolutely no other way for the West to understand that taking Ukraine to NATO was a criminal action”, guaranteed the chancellor.

Since the war in Eastern Europe started, in 24 of February, more than 4 thousand civilians, 10 one thousand Ukrainian military personnel and 480 1,000 Russian forces died, according to Kiev estimates. Lavrov insisted on Moscow’s official version that a denazification campaign in Ukraine is being carried out.

“It is a great pity, but international diplomats, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Michelle Bachelet) and the UN Secretary General (António Guterres) and many UN representatives suffer pressures from the West and are often used to amplify ‘fake news'”, said Lavrov.

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