Ukraine will seize Crimea ‘by any means necessary’ – Zelensky — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union


Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced on Tuesday that Ukraine would take the Russian territory of Crimea, by military force if necessary and without consulting any country, including kyiv’s Western backers. Ukrainian army strikes on the peninsula have so far been limited.

Speaking at the so-called “Crimean Platform”, a Ukraine-hosted gathering of 60 nations and international organizations that support kyiv’s claim to sovereignty over Crimea, Zelensky said that “Ukraine is strong and powerful enough” get the idea of ​​a “Ukrainian Crimea” a reality.

“We will return Crimea by any means we deem correct, without consulting other countries,” Zelensky said, according to Strana.ua, a Ukrainian media outlet. “I know that Crimea is with Ukraine, [and] await our return. We must win the fight against Russian aggression. Therefore, we must liberate Crimea from occupation.

Considered Russian land since Imperial times, Crimea was an autonomous republic within the Soviet Union until it was annexed to the Ukrainian SSR by Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev in 1954 for reasons logistics. The peninsula remained in Ukrainian hands after the fall of the USSR, until its people voted overwhelmingly to join Russia in 2014, after the kyiv government rejected a number of plebiscites in the 1990s aimed at to restore Crimea as an independent republic.


The US-led NATO alliance sees Crimea as “illegally annexed” Ukrainian territory, and demanded that Moscow return the region to Ukrainian control. A US official told Politico last week that Washington had given Ukraine its blessing to strike targets of its choice in Crimea.

kyiv’s military has carried out a number of such strikes in recent weeks, including a drone attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol on Saturday. Explosions at military sites on the peninsula have been blamed by Russia on Ukraine “sabotage,” but Kyiv has neither officially confirmed nor denied responsibility.

With its forces tied up to fight Russian and allied troops in the Donbass, Ukraine has relied on drones to carry out its sporadic attacks on Crimea. The purpose of these attacks is “not military, but psychological” Crimea official Oleg Kryuchkov said after Saturday’s strike, adding that due to their low payload of explosives, the drones are unable to inflict significant damage.

Zelensky ruled out the prospect of a ceasefire on Tuesday, telling the summit that Ukraine would not freeze the current frontline for “Calm down Russia.” Moscow has repeatedly blamed Kyiv for the failure of peace talks earlier this year, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accusing Western governments of “prevent Ukraine from taking constructive action” towards a peace agreement.

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