Ukraine has threatened attacks on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea and the Russian Black Sea Fleet stationed there. “We will get anti-ship weapons and sooner or later we will attack the fleet,” Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Volodymyr Havrylov said during a visit to London on Tuesday.
“Russia must leave Crimea if it is to survive as a state,” the 64-year-old told the British Times. Snake Island in the Black Sea near Odessa was recently recaptured. The first step has already been taken to expel the occupiers from the peninsula. “We are ready to target them across the Black Sea if we have that chance,” he said. Ukraine relies on heavy weapons from the West for counter-attacks.
“Every goal is legitimate for us”
“The Crimea is Ukrainian territory, so any destination there is legitimate for us.” A return is also possible through diplomatic channels. However, Russia had always stated that the Crimean issue would eventually be settled by its incorporation into the country. Including Crimea, Russia now controls more than 20 percent of Ukraine’s territory.
Russia justified its war against Ukraine, which began on February 24, with Kiev’s alleged plans to take back Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Havrylov’s comments reaffirmed the need for the “special military operation”. This is how Moscow officially describes the war against Ukraine.
Moscow threatens with sharp response
“Only in this way can Ukraine get rid of such representatives of the leadership,” Peskov said. Moscow has repeatedly warned Kiev for a sharp response if Crimea is attacked.
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