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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that Moscow’s war in Ukraine will end once all of President Vladimir Putin’s “tasks” are completed.

“Today, the main priorities for us are the preservation of the life and health of subordinate personnel and the elimination of threats to the security of the civilian population,” he told Russian media. “The special military operation will continue until the tasks assigned by the supreme commander are completed”.

Putin refused to call his war in Ukraine an invasion and instead called it a “special military operation”.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MAY 9: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces Oleg Salukov (C) participate in the Victory Day parade on Red Square on May 9, 2022 in Moscow, Russia. Russia is celebrating its 77th Victory Day today.
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Moscow has remained ambiguous when it comes to Ukraine’s goal, but Putin’s invasion has resulted in the largest humanitarian crisis and security threat in Europe since World War II.

At the onslaught of the invasion, Putin claimed that his troops would “demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine”.

Western and Ukrainian officials have repeatedly refuted Russia’s claims of Nazi oppression in Kiev and pointed out that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is Jewish, was democratically elected.

Russia’s original intentions became apparent when it made immediate attempts to take the Ukrainian capital and showed blatant aggression against Zelenskyy after Russian forces attempted twice to storm the presidential palace.

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian presidential press office on Sunday 29 May 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy watches as he visits the war-affected Kharkiv region.

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian presidential press office on Sunday 29 May 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy watches as he visits the war-affected Kharkiv region.
(Ukrainian presidential press office via AP)

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“The enemy has designated me as target number one; my family is target number two,” Zelenskyy said in February.

Western officials warned that Putin’s intent was to forcibly remove Zelenskyy and establish an official sympathizer for the Kremlin.

However, after a month of intense fighting, Moscow failed to take Kiev and withdrew its troops to be reassembled before announcing that its second wave of operations would focus on taking “full control” over eastern Ukraine and southern.

Galyna Bondar, weeps beside the grave of her son Oleksandr, 32, after burying him in the Bucha cemetery on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday April 16, 2022. Oleksandr, who joined the Ukrainian territorial defense as a co-l 'computer officer was killed by a gunshot from the Russian army.

Galyna Bondar, weeps beside the grave of her son Oleksandr, 32, after burying him in the Bucha cemetery on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday April 16, 2022. Oleksandr, who joined the Ukrainian territorial defense as a co-l ‘computer officer was killed by a gunshot from the Russian army.
(Photo AP / Rodrigo Abd)

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Russia said on Sunday it had taken control of the northern Donbas region, known as Luhansk, and pushed its troops southwest to Donetsk.

Heavy fighting continues across the Donbas and Ukrainian officials have warned that Russia will not stop even if it is able to gain control of its seaports and eastern regions and make another attempt for Kiev.

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