UN, March 1. /TASS/. The operation of Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine has no goal of inflicting harm to the local population and Kiev residents can safely leave the capital, Russian envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said.
"We address Kiev residents held by radicals in the city as the human shield. The Russian Defense Ministry confirms that all noncombatants in Kiev can freely leave the Ukrainian capital over the Kiev-Vasilkov route," Nebenzia said. "This destination is open and safe," he noted.
"We reiterate: the special operation of the Russian Armed Forces does not have occupation of Ukraine or inflicting harm to local population as its objective," the Russian envoy said. "Demilitarization of the country stuffed with NATO weaponry is aimed at protecting long-suffering people of Donbass and Ukraine," Nebenzia said.