UN, October 11. /TASS/. All previously set objectives of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine will be achieved, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya told journalists.
"We are implementing all of the set tasks of the special military operation and its objectives will be achieved eventually," Nebenzya said in a response to a question regarding developments of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine.
Russia’s UN envoy also said he was unable to provide details about the delivered strikes on Monday against military command, energy and communications facilities in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at an urgent Security Council meeting on Monday that a massive strike had been inflicted on Ukrainian energy, military command and communications facilities and warned Kiev that if Ukraine tried to continue terrorist attacks in Russia, they would be met with a tough response.
"All I know is that the strikes were delivered," Nebenzya said. "I also know that the Russian side had warned the Ukrainians for many days and weeks giving them time to refrain from their acts of sabotage."
"However, they carried out an act of sabotage last Saturday at the Crimean Bridge, which is an extremely important civilian infrastructure for Russia," Russia’s UN envoy added.
On the morning of October 8, a truck exploded on the Crimean Bridge, collapsing two eastbound parts of its road section and subsequently setting ablaze a train of fuel tanks on a separate, adjacent rail portion of the bridge. As a result of the blast, three people were killed. A government commission chaired by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin was set up after the incident. Rail traffic has been restored on the bridge, which was also partly reopened for buses and automobiles.
Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine
The situation along the line of engagement in Donbass escalated on February 17. At that time, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) reported the worst wave of bombardments by the Ukrainian military, which damaged civilian infrastructure and caused civilian casualties.
On February 21, President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow would recognize 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 republic 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 republic for assistance he had decided to carry out a special military operation in Ukraine. The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, noting that the operation was aimed at the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine.
The DPR and the LPR launched an operation to liberate their territories under Kiev’s control.