Russia initially did not plan to storm the blocked Ukrainian cities, now the main task is the complete liberation of Donbass, the colonel general said. "Initially, we did not plan to storm them in order to prevent destruction and minimize losses among personnel and civilians. And although we do not exclude such a possibility, however, as individual groupings complete the assigned tasks, and they are solved successfully, our forces and means will concentrate on the main thing - the complete liberation of Donbass," Rudskoy said. If the special operation was carried out only within the LPR and DPR, then the Ukrainian authorities would constantly feed their military group. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation cause damage to the facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the blocked territories so that they cannot strengthen the grouping in the Donbas until it is completely liberated. The RF Armed Forces did not plan to storm the blockaded Ukrainian cities, but such a possibility is not ruled out. 276 settlements that were previously in the zone of operation of the Ukrainian army passed under the control of the people's militia of the DPR and LPR. wrote:
So all other military activities of Russia except Donbas are to bind only Kiev forces. The operation is only about taking over Donbas. The question is whether Russia will leave the occupied areas outside Donbas or will it gain more territory. Currently, apart from Donbas, progress is very slow.