‘Ukraine has a lot of weapons’ – a member of the Russian State Duma

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MOSCOW ($1=60.83 Russian Rubles) — Although Russia continues to conduct its “special military operation,” as the Kremlin has dubbed its invasion of Ukraine, and keeps destroying Western-supplied weapons to Kyiv, Ukraine has plenty of weapons. Tovia stated in an interview with the Russian media Izvestia, the member of the State Duma, Mr. Vitaly Milonov.

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Mr. Milonov is a Russian army volunteer who went to the front in Ukraine. His impressions describe “generous supplies to Ukraine from Western countries and NATO”. “I’m here in the special operations area, we’re going into positions now, and I can tell there’s a lot of weapons there. We destroy it, of course, but there is a lot. All these weapons are exclusively Western,” Milonov said, Russia’s Fifth Channel reported.

The Russian MP has been at the front since September 23. His position in the Russian army was a gunner of an anti-tank battery. Deputy Milonov has the military rank of junior sergeant. Milonov is not the only politician who has expressed a desire to take part in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Three more parliamentarians have sent requests to be released from their political duties and sent to the “Russian military special operation” zone. These are Mr. Dmitry Hubezov, Chairman of the State Duma Health Committee, Mr. Dmitry Sablin, Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee, and Mr. Sergey Sokol, Secretary of the Khakassia Regional Branch of United Russia.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

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On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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