Speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament Vyacheslav Volodin told members in a plenary session on Tuesday that Ukraine had become a “terrorist state,” according to statements on the Duma’s website, known to that section of parliament.
According to the report, Volodin said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is the head of a “criminal regime”.
Ukraine and the West say the claim is baseless propaganda used to justify a takeover of territories.
2 of 2 Duma President Vyacheslav Volodin during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow — Photo: Maxim Shemetov/R
Duma President Vyacheslav Volodin during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/R)
The speaker of the Russian parliament also said Ukraine is doing “everything” to ensure Moscow troops do not interrupt their “special military operation” on the borders of the selfproclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, it said. the agency RIA Novosti.
Moscow on Sunday demanded the “liberation” of all territory claimed by Luhansk People’s Republic separatists on the territory of Luhansk province and continued its campaign to wrest from Kiev’s control of the neighboring territory claimed by Donetsk People’s Republic.
But his forces also took control of the city of Kherson and much of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of southern Ukraine, bombing targets across the country and making a lateraborted push on the capital, Kyiv.