MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine fully agrees with international law and the UN Charter, which permits collective self-defense, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma’s defense committee Andrey Krasov, of the United Russia party, has said.
"Russia is bombarded by many reproaches. My advice to the overemotional commentators is to remember that Russia’s military operation in Ukraine is in full conformity with international law. In accordance with the UN Charter collective self-defense is permissible. This right applies to the allies Russia has recognized as independent states - the DPR and the LPR," the press-service of the United Russia parliamentary faction quotes Krasov as saying.
He said that the "Western partners and the neo-Nazis in Ukraine" left Russia no choice.
"After the breakup of the Soviet Union an integral state was cut to pieces. The West saw to it whole industries were ruined and former Soviet republics set against Russia. We saw all that just recently in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, when our army called to order Georgia’s warmongering leader. Russian soldiers then saved thousands of lives, thousands of civilians," he added.
Krasov stressed that the Russian army was pushing ahead with a peacemaking operation with the aim of putting an end to the genocide of the Donetsk and Lugansk population and guaranteeing the security of Russia and Russian citizens.
"Truth is on our side. Victory will be ours," Krasov said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 launched a special military operation in Ukraine following a request for assistance from the leaders of the Donbass republics. He said Moscow had no plans for an occupation of Ukrainian territories. The sole purpose of the operation is Ukraine’s demilitarization and denazification. The Russian Defense Ministry says its forces are not attacking cities. Their focus is entirely on military infrastructures. The civilian population is not in danger.