As reported today, July 24, by the British Ministry of Defense on its Twitter page, "the expansion of the geography" of Russia's war against Ukraine, as stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, is not happening.
It is noted that now the small offensives of the invaders in the Donbass remain concentrated in the Bakhmut direction, but achieve "minimal progress."
According to intelligence, the capture of these territories of Ukraine was already probably the initial goal of the Russian invasion.
That is, as British intelligence admits, there is a real possibility that Lavrov, with his statement, paved the way for holding referendums in the occupied territories outside Luhansk and Donetsk.
Recall that Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council, also joined Lavrov’s statements.. He said that the Russian Federation supposedly needs to "push Ukrainian troops" not only from the temporarily occupied Donbass, but also away from these territories.
Later, Ukrainian intelligence explained that the aggressor's statements that the Russian Federation was "changing the geography" of the war indicated the enemy's intention to resolve the so-called "status" of the occupied territories of Ukraine - the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions.