Tymofiy Mylovanov, aide to Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has revealed Russia's "clear message" in the ongoing war.
Recall that Russia had last week made public the goal of its invasion of Ukraine which is to take "full control" of southern region of the country, as well as the eastern Donbas, and to establish a land corridor connecting Russia to Crimea, the peninsula it annexed in 2014.
Mylocavov, Zelensky's adviser, said that Russia is "trying to depopulate the east of Ukraine."
"I think the message they're sending is very clear," Mylovanov told CNN
"If you surrender, like Crimea in 2014, nothing is going to happen to you.
"If you resist, like Donbas, like the east of Ukraine, you'll be destroyed. (It) doesn't matter if you're military or civilians. So the message Russia is sending is, 'surrender or be erased.'"