General Andrey Mordvichev, handpicked and promoted by Vladimir Putin to the rank of lieutenant general this week, has voiced views that have startled many across the globe. With a history of commanding the Central Military District and the Russian Central Group of Forces in Ukraine, his comments in a recent interview hint at the Kremlin's wider ambitions in Eastern Europe.
Ukraine: Merely a Prelude?
When Mordvichev appeared on Moscow's state television, Russia-1, he candidly expressed that Putin's military venture in Ukraine might only be the tip of the iceberg. To the pointed query of the interviewer, "Ukraine is only a stepping stone?" Mordvichev responded affirmatively, indicating that the conflict "will not stop here." His words paint a vivid image of Russia's possible roadmap: "I think there's still plenty of time to spend.
It is pointless to talk about a specified period. If we are talking about Eastern Europe, which we will have to, of course then it will be longer."
💬 This war will last for a long time, because we still need to liberate Eastern Europe, says Russian general and war criminal Andrei Mordvichev.
The interview was recorded at the end of July this year and Mordvichev assumed that the Ukrainian counteroffensive would slow down by… pic.twitter.com/MB9m1YYcLV — TheKremlinYap (@TheKremlinYap) September 9, 2023
Putin’s Imperial Vision: Beyond Ukraine
The ideological basis of Russia's incursion into Ukraine became clear even before the first soldier crossed the border.
Putin, in his speeches and statements, presented a vision of restoring the vast expanse of the erstwhile Russian Empire, merging it into one cohesive bloc. This perspective sees Ukraine not as a sovereign nation but as an intrinsic part of the Russian heritage, destined to revert to Moscow's reign.
But the concerns don't end there. There have been murmurings among Putin's allies about pushing the envelope further into NATO territories, specifically eyeing countries like Poland and a slew of other Eastern European nations.
This has led many western analysts to voice their apprehensions about Moscow's aspirations not being confined to Ukraine alone. As the world watches the unfolding saga in Ukraine, Mordvichev's comments serve as a stark reminder.
They underline the importance of understanding Russia's long-term objectives and the broader implications for European security and global diplomacy.
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