Released on 14.06.2014
Submarine of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in the port city of Sevastopol in Crimea. Photo: Ulf Mauder/dpa
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“Of course we will also liberate our Crimea,” President Zelenskyy of Ukraine promises his compatriots. Russia had the peninsula in the Black Sea 2014 militarily occupied.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has promised his compatriots to recapture the Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia.
“The Ukrainian flag will again fly over Yalta and Sudak, over Dzhankoy and Yevpatoria,” Zelenskyy said in his evening video message on Monday in Kyiv. “Of course we will also liberate our Crimea.”
Russia had the peninsula in the Black Sea 2014 militarily occupied when Ukraine was weakened after a change of power and could not resist. Then an internationally unrecognized referendum was held and Crimea was annexed to Russia. Zelenskyy has always advocated a return of the peninsula, but has seldom formulated it so emphatically as a war goal.
The President called on the citizens of Ukraine to maintain contact with the Russian-occupied parts of the country, to Donetsk or Kharkiv region. These areas would also be liberated again, he announced. “Tell them that the Ukrainian army will definitely come!” In the east, in the Donbass, the army is under pressure. She urgently needs modern artillery from her foreign partners in order to be able to assert herself, said Zelenskyj. (dpa)