Zelensky predicts when the conflict in Ukraine will end

Fighting will continue until kyiv retakes Crimea, says president

Ukraine will continue to fight against Russia until it regains control of the Crimean peninsula, President Vladimir Zelensky has promised.

“This Russian war against Ukraine, against all of free Europe, began with Crimea and it should end with Crimea – with its liberation”, Zelensky said Tuesday in a video address.

“Crimea is Ukrainian and we will never abandon it” the president promised, insisting that the peninsula, which voted overwhelmingly for reunification with Russia in a 2014 referendum in response to a coup in Kyiv, has been “busy” by Moscow all these years.

There will be no peace in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions “as long as Russia can use our peninsula as a military base”, he claimed.

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However, Zelensky acknowledged that he is currently “impossible to say” when exactly will Ukraine be able to get Crimea back. “But we are constantly adding new components to the release formula” the peninsula, he added.

Last month, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Gavrilov claimed that kyiv would use Western-supplied weapons to destroy Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, based in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol, and take over the peninsula. Such an operation will be carried out “sooner or later,” he told British media.

Other Ukrainian officials have issued threats against Crimea recently, including Zelensky’s top aide Alexey Arestovich, who said kyiv could hit the 19-kilometre-long Kerch Bridge linking Crimea to Russia’s Krasnodar region. as soon as he has the technical capacity to do so.

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Moscow insists that Crimea is well protected from any attack from the Ukrainian side.

However, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is now deputy chairman of the country’s National Security Council, has warned that if the leadership in Kyiv really decides to use force against the peninsula “The Day of Judgment will come to all simultaneously – a quick and hard day.”


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