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Russian official says “special operation” may be over by year’s end

Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov told RIA Novosti he hopes Russia’s “special operation” in Ukraine will be over by the end of 2022.

“I think it won’t go on any longer,” Delimkhanov said in response to a question on when the war will end.

The deputy, who is first deputy head of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption, also noted that “ there is still the current regime led by the drug addict Zelensky, everything they do with their country and with their people still continues.” “But I am sure that all of it will come to an end, and all the prerequisites are already in place,” Delimkhanov said, without specifying what kind of prerequisites he meant.

Russia’s war in Ukraine, which the Russian authorities call a “special military operation,” began on February 24. Since then, Russian officials have never spoken about a timeline for the end of the “special operation.”

On February 26, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that Chechen fighters in Ukraine “deeply regret there are only 24 hours in a day. Otherwise, the operation could have been completed today. On February 28, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said the ”special operation“ would end after the ”denazification and demilitarization“ of Ukraine. On April 15, Andrei Klimov, deputy head of United Russia’s International Cooperation Commission, said the ”special operation“ would end ”soon.“ On May 7, Vice Speaker of the State Duma Peter Tolstoy named the condition for the ending of the ”special operation“, ”Our troops on the border with Poland.“ On June 1, Duma Defense Committee Chairman Andrei Kartapolov claimed that ”the special operation will end when the current Ukrainian leadership is mature enough to negotiate.“

Thus, Delimkhanov, whom Putin awarded the Hero of Russia title for his participation in the ”special operation,“ became the first Russian official to give an approximate end date for the ”special operation.

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