Overthrowing Ukraine govt. is not our goal, says Russia

On Wednesday i.e., 9 March, Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman informed the media that Russia’s interests not lie in overthrowing the government of Ukraine while it aims at ensuring Ukraine’s neutral status. Ms. Zakharova added that Russia’s military operation was going strictly in line with its plan. Ms. Zakharova said, “The Army’s aim is not to occupy Ukraine, or the destruction of its statehood, or the overthrow of the government. It is not directed against the civilian population.” President Vladimir Putin has accepted to have sent in troops to Ukraine in order to “deNazify” the country. Then, Mr. Putin spoke to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to discuss diplomatic ways to settle the conflict and the implementation of humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians. These comments comes a day after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country was no longer insisting on joining NATO and that he was open for a compromise on the Donetsk and Luhansk breakaway republics that were recognised as independent by Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that some progress has been made. Officials of both the nations have been meeting on the Belarus-Poland border for talks to end fighting. As per Ms. Zakharova, the next round of talks would focus on humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians.

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