Even foreign aid cannot strengthen Ukraine enough to harm Russia, Foreign Ministry says
The Ukrainian government will not be able to disrupt Russia domestically, even with the help of its foreign backers, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
“kyiv should not rely on foreign aid in its attempts to destabilize the situation inside our country”, she warned during a press briefing on Thursday. “They have failed so far and will fail in the future.”
The diplomat explained that the Russian people have a reputation for unifying in times of turmoil, putting aside all differences in the face of external threats.
“We didn’t sort each other out by nationality or social class, and we certainly didn’t do roll call to see what our political views were,” she added, describing historical examples of such mobilization. “We saw that we were needed and we came as one, which is happening now.”
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of military reservists. He accused the United States and its allies of seeking to divide Russia and warned that Moscow would use all means at its disposal to prevent that from happening.
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The Ministry of Defense has announced its intention to conscript some 300,000 people into active duty. This decision aims to reinforce the Russian troops sent to Ukraine to defend the seized territories.
Following the referendums, Moscow is expected to accede to requests from the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as well as the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions in Ukraine to join Russia.
kyiv denounced the votes as “fake” ballots and pledged to use military force to take back all the land.
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