President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has
reiterated the fact that Crimea is part of Ukraine, and that the
country will never leave it behind. The Russian war, which started with
Crimea, must end with its liberation, the leader stressed.
The president made the statement in a video address
to the nation, released on August 9, Ukrinform reports.
“This Russian war against Ukraine and against all of free Europe
began with Crimea and must end with Crimea – with its liberation,” the
Ukrainian president said.
According to Zelensky, there is a lot of attention these days to the
topic of Crimea, which is right. “Because Crimea is Ukrainian, and we
will never leave it behind. We will not forget that the Russian war
against Ukraine began with the occupation of Crimea. Russia has turned
our peninsula, which has always been and will continue to be one of the
best places in Europe, into one of the most dangerous places,” Zelensky
He noted that the Russian Federation brought large-scale repression,
environmental issues, economic hopelessness, and war to Crimea. The very
presence of Russian occupiers in Crimea is a threat to all of Europe
and global stability, the head of state added.
“Maybe one day historians will determine how many people were killed
by Russia’s terror. Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? From
Ukraine and Georgia to Syria and more distant regions,” Zelensky said.
He is convinced that the Black Sea region cannot be safe as long as
the peninsula remains occupied. There will be no stable and sustainable
peace in many Mediterranean countries either as long as Russia is able
to exploit the Ukrainian peninsula as its military base, Zelensky
As Ukrinform reported earlier, the occupying “authorities” of Crimea
confirmed the explosions in the Novofedorivka area, where the Russian
military air base is located. Ambulance vehicles were seen rushing to
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in a comment on the “fire” at the
Saki airfield near Novofedorivka in the temporarily occupied Crimea said
it cannot verify the cause of fire, but once again reminded that the
occupation authorities should abide by “fire safety rules and refrain
from smoking in undesignated areas.”