A feminine scholar has stood as much as the Russian International Ministry spokeswoman throughout a chat on the Ural Federal College’s worldwide relations college within the metropolis of Yekaterinburg. The trade sparked a fierce row as Maria Zakharova was grilled by the coed on the choice by Vladimir Putin to disregard Ukraine’s independence and launch his invasion in February, the pair then went on to conflict over the 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia.
The scholar advised Ms Zakharova: “The Russian Authorities and the International Ministry, particularly, have spoken proudly for many years in regards to the nation’s sovereignty and in regards to the rights of countries to self-determination.
“However abruptly determined to disregard Ukraine’s independence and its sovereignty.”
Ms Zakharova interrupted: “Dangle on!
“We have by no means ignored Ukraine’s sovereignty.”
The Kremlin spokeswoman continued: “Really we had been one of many few international locations which handled that very independence and sovereignty genuinely, not simply on paper.”
“I am sorry, simply yesterday we had been the identical state as them, the identical nation.”
The pair additionally clashed over the annexation of Crimea and the legitimacy of the ‘referendum’ Russia held on the time.
After the coed questioned the legitimacy of the Crimea referendum, Ms Zakharova erupted: “No! Dangle on!
In its newest replace on the warfare, which Russia calls a “particular navy operation”, the Russian defence ministry additionally mentioned Russia had struck quite a few Ukrainian command posts.
The West has stepped up weapons provides to Ukraine since Russia’s February 24 invasion and Russia’s navy is attempting to intercept and destroy them.
Moscow says Western arms deliveries for Kyiv, and the imposition of drastic sanctions towards the Russian financial system, quantity to a “proxy warfare” by america and its allies.
The Russian navy mentioned on Saturday it had destroyed a serious consignment of Western arms in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr area, west of Kyiv, utilizing sea-launched Kalibr cruise missiles.