Ukrainian presidential adviser told people to prepare for ‘vacation measures’
Kyiv has issued a warning to people living in what it calls “occupied territories”, including Crimea, to prepare shelter and stock up on supplies. The appeal was posted on Twitter on Monday by an adviser to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
Mikhail Podolyak urged “residents of the occupied territories, including the Crimean peninsula, to follow the recommendations of the authorities during the measures of disoccupation”.
Additionally, people should “Prepare a bomb shelter, stock up with enough water and charge the power banks now.” Podolyak concluded his warning with the line “Everything will be Ukraine.”
The warning comes after Podolyak announced last week that Ukrainian authorities were developing evacuation routes for Ukrainians living in Crimea. “who want to leave the island during active vacancy.”
kyiv has repeatedly insisted that it views Crimea, which became part of Russia following a 2014 referendum, as a “occupied territory” and swore to take the peninsula “by any means necessary.”
The US-led NATO alliance also considers Crimea “illegally annexed” Ukrainian territory and has demanded that Moscow return the region to Ukrainian control. A US official told Politico last month that Washington had given Ukraine its blessing to strike targets of its choice in Crimea.
Kyiv’s warning to Crimeans comes after months of warnings of a counter-offensive in the south of the country, promising to reclaim all of Donbass, parts of Zaporozhye and Kharkov regions currently held by Russian forces , as well as Crimea, which is part of Russia.
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