Contents tagged with crimea

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: Crimean bridge is a legitimate target

    Ukraine has promised not to use Western weapons to strike targets in the Russian territory, but this does not apply to the temporarily occupied Crimea, said Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov in an interview with Voice of America.

    "We have agreements with the United States that we will not use weapons provided to us by the United States and partners on the territory of the Russian Federation. But if today we are talking about the de-occupation of the temporarily occupied territories …

  • After explosions in Crimea Zelensky urges Ukrainians living in occupied territories not to approach Russian military facilities

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on civilians in the Russian-occupied territories not to approach military facilities and ammunition depots.

    "Every day and every night we see new reports of explosions in the territory temporarily occupied by the occupiers. I ask now all our people in Crimea, in other regions in the south of the country, in the occupied areas of the Donbas and Kharkiv region to be very careful. Please do not approach the military facilities of the Russian army and …

  • After massive explosions at major air base in Crimea, Putin fires commander of Russian Black Sea Fleet

    Russian President Vladimir Putin began another round of purges in the Russian army. After the explosions at the airfield near the settlement of Novofedorivka in the annexed Crimea, the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Igor Osipov, was removed from his post.

    Russian Telegram channels report that Vice Admiral Viktor Sokolov took Osipov's place.

    According to Ukrainian journalist Yuri Butusov,  the removal of Osipov is another evidence of the catastrophic consequences of the …

  • Ukrainian General: Crimea will be liberated through military means

    The annexed Crimea will be liberated by military means and to achieve this it is necessary to destroy the the Crimean bridge, said Ukrainian Major General Dmytro Marchenko in an interview for RBC-Ukraine.

    "We will do it. No one has given it up. Crimea is Ukraine. It is our land. There are our people who are still forced to live in occupation. No one gave Russia the right to come, take a piece of land and say that "this is mine." We will reconquer Crimea, just as we will reconquer Kherson, …

  • Panic in Crimea as massive explosions rock Russian military airbase

    On August 9, massive explosions occurred at the military airfield near the city of Saki in annexed Crimea. According to eyewitnesses, there were more than ten explosions. The witnesses say that “the windows were shaking, and the car alarms went off" 20 km from the air base in Novofedorivka

    The head of the annexed Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said that a five-kilometer safety zone has been established around the base. Ambulance crews and medical aircraft are working at the scene. One person was …

  • Ukrainian General: liberation of Crimea and destruction of Kerch Bridge are inevitable

    Ukraine must destroy the Kerch Bridge and liberate the occupied Crimea to prevent the war from dragging off for several years, said in an interview with Apostrophe Major General Dmitry Marchenko, who was in charge of the defense of Mykolaiv in the first months of the war.

    According to him, the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the liberation of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, as well as the Crimea, are inevitable.

    "But we must understand that this is a complex of steps, not …

  • Ukrainian Media: Russia planning to blow up Crimean bridge and blame Ukraine for it

    Russia's special services are considering the possibility of committing sabotage "under a false flag" against their own infrastructure facilities, including the Crimean Bridge, in order to blame Kyiv and use it as a pretext for a military invasion of Ukraine, reports Telegram channel InformNapalm, citing its sources in the annexed Crimea.

    According to InformNapalm, Russians are carrying out secret underwater technical work in the restricted area surrounding the bridge over the Kerch Strait.

    " …

  • EU to tighten sanctions against Russia for annexation of Crimea

    The EU plans to tighten sanctions against Russia, introduced in connection with Russia’s annexation of Crimea, reported Spiegel, citing a confidential report of the German diplomatic mission in Brussels.

    According to the newspaper, new restrictions were requested last week in the EU by countries such as Bulgaria, Denmark, Lithuania, Romania. They would like to include five more individuals or organizations in the EU sanctions list. Names and titles are not known yet. As the newspaper notes, …

  • Head of German Navy: Putin deserves our respect

    Ukraine will not be able to take the annexed Crimea back, and Russian President Vladimir Putin "may deserve respect," said the Chief of German Navy, Vice Admiral, Kay-Achim Schönbach, during a discussion at the Indian Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

    "The Crimean Peninsula is lost. It cannot be returned. That's a fact. And we need to understand that political issues are matters of facts and emotions," Schönbach said.

    He believes that Russia does not really want to …

  • Russia begins large-scale military exercises in annexed Crimea

    Russia will hold exercises of the airborne forces in Crimea and the Krasnodar Krai, TASS reported, citing Russian Defense Ministry.

    The drills will begin on December 23 at the Opuk training ground in Crimea. The paratroopers, artillery, chemical and nuclear defense units will conduct live firing drills. The military will also practice demining a section of the terrain and providing fire support to the troops using drones and air attack weapons.

    "Military personnel will perform live firing …