Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the goal of the "SVO" is to end the war. According to RBC, he said this at a meeting with veterans and blockade survivors in St. Petersburg.
“Everything we are doing today, including the special military operation, is an attempt to stop this war. That's the meaning of SVO. And to protect our people who live there, in these territories. These are our historical territories, as I have already said. Now I will not give any assessments... But, in any case, Russia has come to terms with this event, despite the fact that these are our historical territories. But nevertheless, we could not help but react to what began to happen there, after the state coup. When they began to exterminate people who live in these territories, just because they consider themselves connected with Russian culture, with the Russian language, ”Putin said.
“There are a lot of people in Ukraine who understand what is happening and give the right assessment. Especially after the fact that the modern rulers of Ukraine began to create with the civilian population, with the creation of the so-called detachments, they recreated, in fact, the detachments that were used during the Second World War, and with the Russian Orthodox Church. All this will not go in vain for them, I have no doubts, ”said the President of the Russian Federation.
The day before, anonymous Z-channels hinted that Putin might change the status of a “special military operation.” “Tomorrow the SVO will officially end,” wrote the pro-war channel Veteran’s Zapiski. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, when asked by Caution Media about rumors that Putin might declare a full-fledged war on Ukraine or continue mobilization, replied : “These are all rumors. Don't listen to them."