Kiev recommends withdrawal – Kremlin: Naval drone attack on Crimea bridge repelled

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According to official information, Russia has repelled three drone attacks on the Crimean bridge. The Ministry of Defense in Moscow announced on Saturday evening that the Ukrainian naval drones had been detected and destroyed in a timely manner in the Black Sea. The reconquest of Crimea is still the declared goal of the Ukrainian defenders. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday recommended that Russian troops leave the peninsula “to save lives”.

According to the Russian announcements, a first attack with naval drones took place late Friday night, followed by two more attacks early Saturday in Moscow. The information could not be independently verified.

Ukraine urges return of Crimea
The reconquest of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which was annexed from Russia in 2014, is a major goal of Ukraine’s national defense. It is not only symbolically important for Ukraine, but also for a highly militarized area. The bridge from the Russian mainland to Crimea is of great importance for supplying the peninsula and Russian troops in the south of Ukraine. The bridge was therefore repeatedly attacked by Kiev.

According to satellite images, Russia is securing part of the bridge with a barrage of ships. According to observers, this should serve as protection against possible Ukrainian attacks with naval drones.

On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked the Russian occupiers to voluntarily leave the Crimean peninsula. Zelenskyi stressed that there will be no lasting peace in Ukraine or in Europe if Russia does not leave Crimea and other occupied territories. He reaffirmed that he can come up with a diplomatic solution for Crimea, but that he will not give up on the peninsula annexed by Russia.

‘Leave the peninsula without further pressure’
“It all depends on the enemy,” the Ukrainian president reiterated in a video address at the opening of Italy’s Ambrosetti Economic Forum. “The issue of reconquest can be resolved militarily or diplomatically,” he said. “Russian troops must leave the peninsula without further pressure, it will save lives.”

Source: Krone

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