WEDNESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2022, 13:11
Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian President, has stated that Russia will continue the war even after sham referendums are conducted, and it will aim to occupy the entire territory of Donetsk Oblast.
Source: Kremlin-aligned news outlet RIA Novosti
Quote: "At least, [this is] what I can tell you with absolute certainty, and you know that not all territories of Donetsk People’s Republic [self-proclaimed republic in Donetsk Oblast – ed.] are liberated yet. We are talking about the territory which is within [the borders set in] 2014."
Details: Therefore, as Peskov says, a minimum task is "to liberate the whole territory of Donetsk People’s Republic".
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