Lavrov Hints Russia Will Retain Parts of Ukraine After Referendums, ‘The Manifestation of Democracy’

patrick.goodenough | April 19, 2022
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Russia’s military aim in eastern Ukraine is to “liberate” the self-proclaimed “people’s republics,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, but also suggested that other regions seized by Russian forces may decide that they too do not wish to return to Ukrainian control.