Sergei Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, has said that Moscow’s invasion now went beyond the eastern Donbas Region, and included Kherson, “the Zaporizhzhia Regions”, and “a number of other territories”.

His statements come as the clearest indicator that Russia’s invasion plan has expanded in the past five months.

Following the failure of peace talks in Turkey in late March, Lavrov told state news agency RIA Novosti:

“Now the geography is different, it’s far from being just the DPR and LPR, it’s also Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions and a number of other territories,” deviating from his prior comments in which he stated that the invasion was focused on the Dontesk and Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine.


“This process is continuing logically and persistently,” he added, stressing the potential of Russian troops pushing deeper into the embattled country.

Lavrov also referenced western governments and political unions currently supplying Ukraine with military aid, saying that the continued supply of HIMARS in particular could influence Russia’s decision.

He also ominously referenced Ukraine’s president, saying that Russia could not allow Volodymyr Zelenskiy “or whoever replaces him” to threaten its territory with the longer-range systems.

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