However Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told the BBC: “We didn’t invade Ukraine”.
Mr Lavrov, who is one of President Putin’s closest allies said: “We declared a special military operation because we had absolutely no other way of explaining to the West that dragging Ukraine into Nato was a criminal act.”
He repeated the official Kremlin line that there were Nazis in Ukraine. Russian officials often claim that their military is “de-Nazifying” the country.
Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Steve Rosenberg.
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