The loss of territory is unacceptable
Zelensky promises to recapture Crimea
Territorial concessions as a price for a peace treaty – what is being discussed in the West as an option for Ukraine is out of the question for its president. Not only should the Russian-occupied parts in the east of the country be recaptured, says Zelensky. Crimea should also become Ukrainian again.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised his compatriots to reconquer the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia. “The Ukrainian flag will once again fly over Yalta and Sudak, over Jankoy and Yevpatoria,” Zelenskyj said in his evening video message on Monday in Kiev. “Of course we will liberate our Crimea as well.”
Russia occupied the Black Sea Peninsula militarily in 2014, when Ukraine was weakened after the change of power and unable to resist. Then an internationally unrecognized referendum took place and Crimea was annexed to Russia. Zelensky has always advocated a return to the peninsula, but rarely declared it as emphatically as a war goal.
The President called on the citizens of Ukraine to maintain contact with the Russian-occupied parts of the country, Donetsk or the Kharkiv region. These areas will also be liberated again, he said. “Tell them the Ukrainian army is sure to come!” In the east, in Donbas, the army is under pressure. It urgently needs modern artillery from its foreign partners in order to assert itself, Zelenskyj said.
In an interview with ZDF “Heute Journal” Selensky said that when asked about possible concessions to the territory, it hurts greatly to lose lives in this defensive battle. “That’s true. But we will lose everything if we lose to Russia in this war.” “I’m not trying to make a deal,” he said. “We know exactly what we’re doing. I emphasize: we have no doubts.” He added: “We are only ready to speak if the other side is ready to end the war. We do not have time for talks that are useless.”