Connect with us

World

Kremlin appears to scale back its ambitions in Ukraine

News Agencies

Published

on

Kremlin appears to scale back its ambitions in Ukraine

By Kevin Liffey

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday that it was still set on securing at least the bulk of the parts of east and south Ukraine that it has claimed as its own, but appeared to give up on seizing other areas in the west and northeast that Ukraine has recaptured.

The Kremlin has never fully defined the goals of its invasion, which it said was partly intended to protect Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine. But it no longer speaks of trying to force a change of government in Kyiv as Ukraine has steadily reversed early Russian territorial gains.

Moscow’s troops were driven back from a lightning advance on the capital at the start of the invasion, launched on Feb. 24, and have successively been forced out of the adjacent Sumy and Kharkiv regions, and areas near Mykolaiv in the south.

Advertisement

Kyiv denies persecuting Ukraine’s Russian-speakers and has vowed to retake all lands seized by Moscow since 2014, when Russia captured Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and backed armed separatists who took control of parts of Donetsk and Luhansk.

On Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov appeared to limit the Ukrainian territory that Russia now sought to incorporate to the four provinces that it has unilaterally declared as its own: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

None of these are fully under Russian control, and Peskov implied that in Zaporizhzhia’s case, Russia had given up on capturing the remainder.

Advertisement

Asked whether Moscow planned to incorporate any more regions beyond those four, Peskov said:

“There is no question of that. At least, there have been no statements in this regard. But there is nevertheless a lot of work ahead to liberate the territories; in a number of new regions of the Russian Federation there are occupied territories that have to be liberated.”

He then issued a further qualification:

Advertisement

“I mean part of the Donetsk Republic, as well as what became part of the Russian Federation [through annexation], and then was re-occupied by Ukrainian troops.”

‘NEW TERRITORIES’

Advertisement

Moscow proclaimed in October that it had annexed the four provinces – which it calls the “new territories” – shortly after holding so-called referendums that were rejected as bogus and illegal by Kyiv, the West and a majority of countries at the United Nations.

While Moscow made clear it wanted to take full control of Donetsk and Luhansk – two largely Russian-speaking regions collectively known as the Donbas – it left unclear how much of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson it was annexing.

If Russia were to seek to secure only the parts of Zaporizhzhia that it held at the time of the referendums – behind a section of the front line that has hardly moved in months – it would be renouncing any ambition to take the northern third of the province, as well as the industrial provincial capital of the same name, which straddles the Dnipro.

Advertisement

Last month, Russia’s army was forced to quit all the parts of Kherson province that it had controlled on the west bank of the Dnipro River, including the provincial capital, the city of Kherson.

Ukrainian forces control around 40% of Donetsk province and have retaken a sliver of Luhansk.

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Advertisement

Breaking News

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Frozen 3, Toy Story 5, and More Announced by Disney Frozen 3, Toy Story 5, and More Announced by Disney
Entertainment12 hours ago

Frozen 3, Toy Story 5, and More Announced by Disney

During today’s Disney Q1 earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that sequels to Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and...

Chrissy Teigen doesn't 'know how to go on' after her infamous Trump takedown tweet is read at House hearing Chrissy Teigen doesn't 'know how to go on' after her infamous Trump takedown tweet is read at House hearing
Entertainment12 hours ago

Chrissy Teigen doesn’t ‘know how to go on’ after her infamous Trump takedown tweet is read at House hearing

Chrissy Teigen reacts to her uncensored Trump tweet being read during the House Oversight Committee’s Twitter hearing. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty...

Perry Mason is a proud nobody in the new trailer for season two Perry Mason is a proud nobody in the new trailer for season two
Entertainment13 hours ago

Perry Mason is a proud nobody in the new trailer for season two

Matthew Rhys Matthew Rhys’ drunken, dour, and very good public defender is back for another round. Perry Mason’s second season...

Ben Stiller's big acting comeback: Starring as 'ridiculously good looking' Zoolander for Pepsi Super Bowl commercial Ben Stiller's big acting comeback: Starring as 'ridiculously good looking' Zoolander for Pepsi Super Bowl commercial
Entertainment14 hours ago

Ben Stiller’s big acting comeback: Starring as ‘ridiculously good looking’ Zoolander for Pepsi Super Bowl commercial

Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander in Pepsi Zero Sugar ad Ben Stiller is finally acting again… though his comeback vehicle...

'Mean Girls' standout Rajiv Surendra on the role that made him leave Hollywood: 'I felt dead inside for a long time' 'Mean Girls' standout Rajiv Surendra on the role that made him leave Hollywood: 'I felt dead inside for a long time'
Entertainment14 hours ago

‘Mean Girls’ standout Rajiv Surendra on the role that made him leave Hollywood: ‘I felt dead inside for a long time’

Rajiv Surendra as the scene-stealer Kevin G. in Mean Girls. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images) Despite actor Rajiv Surendra’s scene-stealing...

Elizabeth Chambers says marriage to Armie Hammer imploded during COVID lockdown: 'He was the worst' Elizabeth Chambers says marriage to Armie Hammer imploded during COVID lockdown: 'He was the worst'
Entertainment15 hours ago

Elizabeth Chambers says marriage to Armie Hammer imploded during COVID lockdown: ‘He was the worst’

Elizabeth Chambers gets candid about her divorce from Armie Hammer. (Photo: JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images) Elizabeth Chambers is finally...

Missy Elliott on the giant Super Bowl XLIX prop the NFL nixed, inviting aliens to her own halftime show and why her Rock Hall nom is so important Missy Elliott on the giant Super Bowl XLIX prop the NFL nixed, inviting aliens to her own halftime show and why her Rock Hall nom is so important
Entertainment15 hours ago

Missy Elliott on the giant Super Bowl XLIX prop the NFL nixed, inviting aliens to her own halftime show and why her Rock Hall nom is so important

Missy Elliott performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) Missy Elliott has had quite...

Owen Wilson is giving big Bob Ross energy but can't brush the pain away in new 'Paint' teaser trailer Owen Wilson is giving big Bob Ross energy but can't brush the pain away in new 'Paint' teaser trailer
Entertainment15 hours ago

Owen Wilson is giving big Bob Ross energy but can’t brush the pain away in new ‘Paint’ teaser trailer

There aren’t enough happy little trees in the world to mend Owen Wilson‘s broken heart in the new teaser trailer...

Advertisement

Latest Sports

Ex-Celtics president Danny Ainge is working his magic in Utah Ex-Celtics president Danny Ainge is working his magic in Utah
Sports32 mins ago

Ex-Celtics president Danny Ainge is working his magic in Utah

Former Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is living up to his "Trader Danny" nickname as CEO of the...

West Virginia searched for versatility at RB to add to talented room West Virginia searched for versatility at RB to add to talented room
Sports1 hour ago

West Virginia searched for versatility at RB to add to talented room

Neal Brown recognizes the strength of his 2023 roster is going to be in the running back room. The Mountaineers...

Super Bowl 2023: Roger Goodell says 'Thursday Night Football' games could eventually be flexed Super Bowl 2023: Roger Goodell says 'Thursday Night Football' games could eventually be flexed
Sports2 hours ago

Super Bowl 2023: Roger Goodell says ‘Thursday Night Football’ games could eventually be flexed

Flexing Thursday night games might be great for fans, but NFL players could hate the idea.

NBA Rumors: Celtics exploring Payton Pritchard, Danilo Gallinari trade NBA Rumors: Celtics exploring Payton Pritchard, Danilo Gallinari trade
Sports2 hours ago

NBA Rumors: Celtics exploring Payton Pritchard, Danilo Gallinari trade

With the NBA trade deadline fewer than 24 hours away, the Boston Celtics reportedly are exploring a potential package of...

How Chad Henne has impacted the Chiefs juggernaut despite barely ever playing How Chad Henne has impacted the Chiefs juggernaut despite barely ever playing
Sports2 hours ago

How Chad Henne has impacted the Chiefs juggernaut despite barely ever playing

Think Patrick Mahomes just entered the NFL having mastered the habits that could unlock his supernova potential? Guess again.

Inside Donte DiVincenzo's unique perspective before NBA trade deadline Inside Donte DiVincenzo's unique perspective before NBA trade deadline
Sports3 hours ago

Inside Donte DiVincenzo’s unique perspective before NBA trade deadline

Donte DiVincenzo spoke with NBC Sports Bay Area about the business of being traded, and his message to his Warriors...

Commanders haven’t decided whether or not to pick up Chase Young’s fifth-year option Commanders haven’t decided whether or not to pick up Chase Young’s fifth-year option
Sports3 hours ago

Commanders haven’t decided whether or not to pick up Chase Young’s fifth-year option

Commanders defensive end Chase Young returned from his torn ACL to play the last three games of the 2022 season....

Sources: KD traded to Suns in blockbuster move Sources: KD traded to Suns in blockbuster move
Sports4 hours ago

Sources: KD traded to Suns in blockbuster move

What once was a big 3 in Brooklyn officially no longer exists as Suns pull off a massive trade with...

Technology Hot News

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" . Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .
Technology3 weeks ago

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .. the technology giants are planning to lay off 64,000 employees

After 10 years of driving the stock market bull run, big tech companies are racing to downsize staff to adapt...

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors
Technology3 weeks ago

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors

Yesterday, Tuesday, Apple unveiled MacBooks powered by the new, faster “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” processor chips, in a surprise...

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung
Technology3 weeks ago

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung

Samsung has officially announced that the (Galaxy Unpacked 2023) event will be held this year on Wednesday, February 1, which...

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency
Technology3 weeks ago

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency

Bankrupt American cryptocurrency firm FTX announced today, Wednesday, that $415 million in cryptocurrency has been hacked and stolen from the...

Because of a "fraudulent tweet".. Because of a "fraudulent tweet"..
Technology3 weeks ago

Because of a "fraudulent tweet"… Elon Musk's trial begins

Elon Musk's trial began Tuesday in San Francisco with the selection of jury members who will have to decide whether...

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions
Technology3 weeks ago

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions

Experts have developed an electric spoon that is able to replace spices and flavors and affect the taste buds in...

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices. The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.
Technology4 weeks ago

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.. so you can escape?

If you spot an unknown Bluetooth tagging device, there are ways to disable the device so it can't track your...

New Twitter. New Twitter.
Technology4 weeks ago

New Twitter.. For You tab to web version

The Twitter platform announced that it will bring the new tab (For You), which launched last Tuesday for iPhones and...

Advertisement