Everything is going according to plan, says Russian Defense Minister Putin

Russia’s defense minister said its invasion of Ukraine is being carried out successfully, despite claims by Western leaders that Russia’s military has encountered unplanned obstacles and resistance.

“Everything is going according to plan, we will report to you here every day this week,” Sergei Shoigu said at a televised meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Security Council on Friday.

Shoigu also claimed that the Russian army had received over 16,000 applications from Middle Eastern volunteers who wanted to join the war in Ukraine.

We receive a large number of applications from volunteers of all kinds from different countries who would like to come to the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics to take part in what they call the Liberation Movement.”

The defense minister also asked Putin for more weapons to arm the separatist regions of Donbass; in particular, air defense systems, including MANPADS, along with light anti-tank missile launchers.

Shoigu added: “We have accumulated a large number of Ukrainian weapons: tanks, armored vehicles and all kinds of small arms, quite a bit of artillery. In addition, there are many Javelin and Stinger complexes. It is also proposed to transfer this to the militias of the Luhansk and Donetsk republics so that they can carry out the defense of their republics more effectively.”

Putin backed both proposals, saying Russia must help volunteers willing to fight in Donbass get posted to the front lines.

“If you see that there are people who come on a voluntary basis, especially not for money, and want to help the people of Donbass, then we must welcome them and help them move to the war zone,” Putin said.

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