Ukrainian military commander: Russia wants to create land corridor to annexed Crimea
Russian troops in the Donbas are currently concentrating their forces in the Mariupol direction in the area of the Azov Sea since Moscow wants to create a land corridor to the annexed Crimea, said the commander of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Naiev in an interview with the Austrian edition of Wiener Zeitung, which was reposted on the Facebook page of Joint Forces Operation press center.
“The Russian occupying forces are not attacking, but this does not mean that they have stopped their attempts to provoke further conflict. Currently, the enemy is focusing its efforts mainly in the area of Mariupol in the region of the Azov Sea,” Naiev said.
According to Naiev, the Azov Sea is of particular interest to Russia, since Moscow sees an opportunity for further advancement into the territory of Ukraine there.