“By providing assistance to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Russia is not fighting the Ukrainian people.

The fight is against disgusting Nazis, extremist groups,” Medvedev said in an interview with Argumenty i Fakty newspaper.

According to him, the Ukrainian authorities for a long time did not pay attention to the will of the inhabitants of Donbass, who wished to speak their native language.

“The purpose of the special operation is to repulse the neo-Nazi, fascist forces that came to power in Ukraine and terrorized the population of the Donbass republics for many years,” he added.

Earlier, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov called on the United States to stop condoning the genocide of the Russian-speaking population and play off the two fraternal peoples.

This is how he reacted to the Pentagon's statement about its intention to transfer HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.