10 Mar 2022 13:25

Everyone who attacks Russian troops with weapons in Ukraine to be seen as targets - Kremlin

MOSCOW. March 10 (Interfax) - In view of the Ukrainian legislation enacted by President Volodymyr Zelensky allowing all residents of Ukraine to use weapons, the Kremlin warns that the participants in the special military operation are entitled to return fire.

"Naturally, everyone who offers armed resistance [...] if you remember, President Putin has called on everyone to lay down their arms from the very start, and actually, this should be a guarantee that nobody shoots anybody," Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Thursday.

"It's this fierce armed resistance being put up by nationalistic battalions, Banderites, Banderite battalions that makes counter-fire inevitable," he said.

"Therefore, certainly, if someone attacks our troops with weapons in their hands, they will definitely become targets as well," Peskov said, when asked to comment on the legislation signed by Zelensky, which entitles all Ukrainians to use weapons during the martial law in the country.