Headline RoundupApril 22nd, 2022

Russia Reveals Plan for Control of Southern Ukraine

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Russia announced Friday that it's seeking to take full control of Donbas and southern Ukraine during the second phase of its "special military operation."

The deputy commander of Russia's central military district said Friday that "Control over the south of Ukraine is another way to Transdniestria, where there is also evidence that the Russian-speaking population is being oppressed," according to Russian state media. Control of Transdniestria, a breakaway state of Moldova, could provide Russia a land corridor between Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula which Russia annexed in 2014, and Donbas in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's Defense Ministry called the plan "imperialism" and said it was clear that Russia's goal is "the occupation of eastern and southern Ukraine" instead of Russia's previously-stated goals of "de-Nazifying" Ukraine.

The news was covered prominently by left- and center-rated sources, with fewer reports coming from right-rated outlets. All reports, regardless of bias, highlighted the Russian commander's quote and Ukraine's response.

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