Russia’s ‘Special Military Operation’ - explained in their words

Posted on 06/16/2022

The media landscape has been flooded with soundbites, images, video footage and interviews narrating the undeniable tragedy that continues to unfold in Ukraine. But that deluge of information - in South Africa anyway - has been mostly from Ukrainian and English-speaking Western media outlets. BizNews editor Michael Appel sat down with Alexander Arefiev, press attaché of the Russian Embassy in Pretoria, to get the justification and motivation behind what Russia continues to call its “special military operation” in Ukraine, which began on 24 February.

This interview is on the back of several articles and interviews BizNews has done with Ukrainian officials. Our interview with the Ukrainian Ambassador to South Africa, Liubov Abravitova, can be read here:

To watch the recent interview with Ukrainian member of parliament and chairperson of the committee on Ukraine's integration into the EU, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, click here: