Russia has for the first time given the reason for invading Ukraine.
Russia said that the goal of its invasion war with Ukraine is to take "full control" over the southern Region of the country as well as the eastern Donbas region.
Maj. Gen. Rustam Minnekaev, who's the acting commander of Russia's Central Military District, on Friday announced that Russia was fighting to establish a land corridor through Ukrainian territory connecting Russia to Crimea, the peninsula it annexed in 2014.
"Since the beginning of the second phase of the special operation, which began literally two days ago, one of the tasks of the Russian army is to establish full control over Donbas and southern Ukraine. This will provide a land corridor to Crimea," he said.
The Major General said this at the annual general meeting of the Union of Defense Industry Enterprises of the Sverdlovsk region, according to TASS news agency, as reported by CNN
According to him, if Russia could get control over Ukraine's south that would give the country's forces access to Transnistria, a separatist statelet in Moldova, where a contingent of Russian forces has been stationed since the early 1990s.
Russia in recent weeks withdrew its forces in northern Ukraine after a failure to take Kyiv.