Support The Moscow Times!

Russia Hopes to 'Cleanse' Ukraine of 'Nazis,' Says Putin's Spokesman

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Mikhail Japaridze / TASS

Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov has told journalists that Russia hopes to “cleanse [Ukraine] of Nazis” hours after Russian forces attacked the country after months of rising tensions.

The comment referred to a widespread Russian propaganda trope alleging that Ukraine is controlled by “Neo-Nazis” and “fascists.”

Peskov also said that Russia sought to achieve the “demilitarization” of Ukraine and that the military operations' duration would be decided by Vladimir Putin.

When asked whether Russia wanted “regime change” in Kyiv, Peskov said it was “a matter for the Ukrainian people.”

Russian troops crossed into Ukrainian territory in the early hours of Thursday morning after a televised address by Putin.

The invasion followed weeks of soaring tensions as Russia massed hundreds of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more