Kremlin: Russia Not Planning to Claim New Territories as Special Operation Continues
"About this [accession of new territories to Russia] this is out of the question. At least, there were no statements in this regard. But there is still a lot of work to be done to liberate the territories. You know that in a number of new regions of the Russian Federation there are occupied territories that have to be liberated," Peskov told a briefing.
"One of the main goals of the special military operation, as stated by the [Russian] president [Vladimir Putin] on February 24, was to protect people who live in the South-East of Ukraine, who live in Donbass. As part of the protection of these people, these territories were formed, which were included as a result of referendums held there. That's what the president was talking about," Peskov added.
"Certainly there are risks, because on the one hand the Ukrainian side continues its line of organizing terrorist attacks. But, on the other hand, the incoming information just says that effective countermeasures are being taken," Peskov said, answering a question about whether Kiev's attempts to strike the territory of Russia cause concern in the Kremlin.