The special military operation, which was announced by the President of the Russian Federation, is aimed at a ceasefire, military operations, and there is simply no other way to do this. This was stated by the Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko during her official visit to Tajikistan, which Izvestia visited together with the delegation of the Federation Council.
According to her, Western countries have been preparing a state unconstitutional coup in Ukraine for years and armed nationalist forces to support it.
“And when this happened, we saw that Ukraine was being made into a state hostile to Russia. People have been brainwashed. They pursued a Russophobic policy. Rewrote history. They showed Russia as an aggressor. With the support of the West, Ukraine was turning into a Nazi state,” Matviyenko said.
She noted that Russia was alarmed by this, but “we patiently, with constant persistence, said that we are more than anyone interested in Ukraine being a peaceful, prosperous state.”
On February 24, Valentina Matvienko met with Chairman of the Majlisi Milli Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan Rustami Emomali.
On the night of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special operation to protect Donbass. Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vasily Nebenzya stressed that this cannot be called a war. He pointed out that the Russian authorities are still open for dialogue, but they do not intend to allow a new bloody massacre in the Donbass.
Meanwhile, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky decided to declare martial law. Also, citizens of Ukraine began to issue weapons.
On February 21, Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the LPR and DPR. Also, the Russian leader and the heads of both republics Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin signed agreements on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance. The documents were ratified the next day by both the republics themselves and the Russian State Duma.
The Russian leader made the corresponding decisions against the background of the escalation of the situation in Donbass.
Since 2014, the Ukrainian authorities have been carrying out a military operation against the inhabitants of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état and the new government in Ukraine. At the same time, Kiev blames Moscow for the current situation. Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict.
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