Rostov-on-Don, July 12 – RIA Novosti. Over 18.5 thousand residents of the LPR, DPR and Ukraine have passed the border checkpoints in the Rostov region over the past day, reports the border department of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation for the region.
Russia began a military operation Ukraine February 24. President Vladimir Putin called his goal “to protect people who had been the target of intimidation and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” To this end, Putin noted, it is planned to carry out “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine” to bring to justice all war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians.” Donbass. The ultimate goal of the special military operation, according to the president of the Russian Federation, is the liberation of Donbas and the creation of conditions guaranteeing the security of Russia itself. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Armed Forces only hit military infrastructure and Ukrainian troops.