Contents tagged with crimea

  • Ukrainian Defense Ministry: by end of December Ukrainian Forces will enter Crimea

    Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense Volodymyr Havrylov said that at the beginning of winter the Ukrainian Armed Forces can capture the temporarily occupied Crimea. The war between Ukraine and Russia may be over by the end of spring, he said in an interview with Sky News.

    According to Havrylov, the Ukrainian Armed Forces can take control over Crimea by the end of December.

    As for the prospect of peace talks with the Kremlin, the Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister noted that they will take …

  • Russian warships in Sevastopol attacked by unknown drones

    Russian ships docked at Sevastopol Bay of the Black Sea Fleet located in it were attacked by drones, reported Sevastopol governor Mikhail Razvozhaev.

    "Black Sea Fleet ships are repelling a UAV attack in the waters of the Sevastopol Bay. No facilities in the city are affected. Stay calm. The situation is under control. All operational services are ready," he said. According to Razvozhaev, in addition to the UAV, the Russian military, according to preliminary information, "destroyed an above- …

  • Estonian Foreign Minister congratulates Ukrainian Special Services on destroying Crimean bridge

    Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu suggested that Ukraine may be behind the explosions on the Crimean bridge and congratulated the "Ukrainian special forces" on this event.

    "Estonia certainly welcomes this (the explosion on the Crimean bridge) and congratulates the Ukrainian special forces units that are probably behind this operation," said the Estonian Foreign Minister.

    He added that the Crimean bridge has an important symbolic value for Russia, since it connects Russia and Crimea and …

  • Russian authorities scrambling to calm panic in Crimea after explosion on Kerch Bridge

    The authorities of the annexed Crimea make contradictory statements all morning following the explosions and destruction of the Crimean Bridge. First, the Ministry of Transport of Russia reported that the Kerch ferry crossing resumed its work and the first ferry was already being loaded, three more were preparing to leave. Later, the Russian state new agency TASS reported, citing local authorities, that the ferry would not be launched due to weather conditions.

    At the same time, the acting …

  • U.S. General Ben Hodges: by mid 2023 Ukrainian troops will enter Crimea

    By the end of 2022, the Ukrainian military can drive Russian troops to positions they were on February 23, and by the middle of next year enter the Crimea, said the former commander of the US Army in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, in an interview with the Lithuanian TV channel LRT.

    "I have great confidence in the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They were very wise and did a good job of planning and preparing for the counteroffensive. I would wait until they continue to …

  • Head of annexed Crimea threatens fans listening to Ukrainian music with criminal punishment

    The so-called "head" of the annexed Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, recommended that fans listening to Ukrainian music move to Ukraine, otherwise they will face punishment, including criminal liability.

    Aksyonov said that videos from certain "public events in Crimea" appeared on social networks, where participants chanted pro-Ukrainian slogans and "sang nationalist songs." Hi did not indicate what kind of events they were but wrote that both the organizers and the participants of "such events" should …

  • Ukraine acknowledges missile strikes on Russian military bases in annexed Crimea

    The Ukrainian military launched missile strikes on the Russian air bases in the annexed Crimea, writes the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, General Valeriy Zaluzhny and the First Deputy Head of the Defense Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, Lieutenant General Mykhailo Zabrodsky in an article published by Ukrinform.

    The authors say that that the main feature of Russia's war against Ukraine is "a considerable disproportion in capabilities." At the same time, although it is …

  • 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 …