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Russia had no other choice but to launch special military operation, says official

Magomedsalam Magomedov said that "this decision is supported by a prevailing majority of the Russian people"

MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. Russia’s decision to launch the special military operation in Ukraine was not an easy one but a necessary one and President Vladimir Putin had no other choice given existing dangers, Magomedsalam Magomedov, deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, said on Thursday.

"The open support and promotion of the neo-Nazi ideology, a speedy militarization of Ukraine, constant calls for the annexation of Russian territories, an increasing threat to our national security and stability left our country’s President Vladimir Putin no other choice but to launch the special military operation," Magomedov said addressing the 3rd all-Russia forum ‘Peoples of Russia.’

"This was not an easy decision but an extremely necessary one, first of all, for the sake of the future of our country, our children and grandchildren," he continued.

Magomedov said that "this decision is supported by a prevailing majority of the Russian people."

Developments in Ukraine

The situation along the line of engagement in Donbass escalated on February 17. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) reported the most massive bombardments by the Ukrainian military back then, which damaged civilian infrastructure and caused civilian casualties.

On February 21, President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow was recognizing the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Russia signed agreements on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with their leaders. Moscow recognized the Donbass republics in accordance with the DPR and LPR constitutions within the boundaries of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions as of the beginning of 2014.

Russian President Putin announced on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics for assistance he had decided to carry out a special military operation in Ukraine. The DPR and the LPR launched an operation to liberate their territories under Kiev’s control.

From September 23 to September 27, the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic as well as the Kherson Region and the Zaporozhye Region held a referendum where the majority of voters opted to join Russia.

On September 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the heads of the DPR, the LPR, and the Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions signed treaties on their accession to Russia. Later, the State Duma and the Federation Council (the lower and upper houses of Russia’s parliament) approved legislation on ratifying these treaties, as well as federal constitutional laws on the accession of the four regions to Russia.