Kyiv: Russia should return Kuban to Ukraine

At a recent briefing, Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure, Volodymyr Omelyan, stated that the Crimean Bridge will connect “Ukrainian Crimea” with “Ukrainian Kuban”, UNN reported.

“From a political point of view, I see that this is a bridge that will connect Ukrainian Crimea and Ukrainian Kuban,” Omelyan said. He stressed that Ukraine’s losses from the construction and commissioning of the Crimean bridge are estimated at “tens of millions of hryvnias.”

In May 2017, Omelyan stated that air traffic between Ukraine and Russia could be restored if Russia returns to Ukraine Kuban, the Crimea and the rest of the “Ukrainian territories that had been seized” by Russia over time.

In the summer of 2016, the Head of the Donetsk Military Civil Administration, Pavlo Zhebrivsky, said that Ukraine must “get back” Kuban and Kursk, which are now part of Russia. “Sooner or later we must return the native Ukrainian lands—Kursk, Bryansk, Voronezh Oblast, Rostov Oblast and the Krasnodar Krai. This is where the Ukrainian essence, the Ukrainian mentality is present,” he said.

Subsequently, Communist Party Deputy Sergei Obukhov, who represents the Krasnodar Krai in the State Duma, asked the Head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, to initiate criminal proceedings against Pavlo Zhebrivsky in accordance with Part 2 of Section 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, which addresses public calls for actions aimed at violating territorial integrity through the use of mass media.

  Kuban, Crimea, Ukraine, Russia