Former Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov urged to consider a military scenario for the return of Crimea and Donbass. He wrote about this on his Facebook page.
“It is strange to hear from some army generals that the General Staff [Вооруженных сил Украины (ВСУ)] does not consider the military scenario for the return of the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbass, ”the ex-minister was surprised. He pointed out the need to have such scenarios for the liberation of “territories occupied by the aggressor” with the help of modern weapons and strategies.
In addition, Avakov also proposed to consolidate at the state level the strategy of de-occupation and reintegration of Crimea, as well as Donetsk and Luhansk regions. According to him, it will reflect the role of “every state institution, every Ukrainian.”
State Duma Deputy Mikhail Sheremet called Avakov’s statement “sheer madness.” According to him, Ukraine should not try to seize Crimea, especially by military means, otherwise for Kiev everything will end “deplorably and fatally”. “I do not advise giving our armed forces a reason to show their might. The entire offensive of the Ukrainian army will end before it can begin, ”he warned.
Senator of the Federation Council from Crimea Olga Kovitidi also advised Ukrainian politicians to think about people of different nations who live on the peninsula. She recalled that they all made the decision to reunite with Russia in a referendum, and added that “no one can change the will of the people.” In addition, the senator advised politicians in Kiev to familiarize themselves with the Russian Constitution and the Criminal Code.
On the same day, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky also spoke about the “occupation” of Crimea and Donbass. According to him, this state of affairs is temporary. He also called the situation “a challenge that Ukraine needs to overcome for the sake of peace in the future.” “To finally say: peace has come, Donbass and Crimea are with us again,” he added.
Shortly before this, Zelensky said that currently the only platform for resolving the issue of resolving the situation in Donbass is the “Normandy format” (Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine). He also expressed hope for a meeting of the leaders of the Normandy Four in the near future.
In September, the Ukrainian government approved a “strategy for the de-occupation of Crimea.” According to Prime Minister Denis Shmygal, the document was adopted as a “comprehensive road map” for the return of the peninsula. He added that Ukraine is working with partners and within the framework of international organizations, so that “the topic of Crimea is constantly on the world agenda.”
A month before, the Crimean Platform summit was held in Kiev. As its organizers explained, it was created as a coordination platform for “a peaceful end to the temporary occupation of the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the Ukrainian summit anti-Russian and unfriendly.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 after a referendum in which the overwhelming majority of those who voted in the region supported such a decision. Ukraine, the EU countries and the United States refused to recognize the results of the vote, calling the reunification of the peninsula with mainland Russia an annexation. The Russian authorities reject these allegations and insist that the accession procedure was in accordance with international law.