At the same time, Zelensky is not opposed to considering a non-military option for the return of the peninsula.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky urged not to waste time considering options for ending the war that do not provide for the de-occupation of Crimea.
As the head of state said in an interview with the Financial Times, he is also ready to consider options for the non-military return of Crimea.
“I understand that everyone is puzzled by the situation and what will happen to Crimea. If anyone is ready to offer us a way to de-occupy Crimea by non-military means, I will only be for … If the decision (does not provide) for de-occupation and (Crimea) is part of the Russian Federation , no one should waste their time on this. This is a waste of time,” the President stressed.
The publication notes that some Western countries are concerned that any attempt by Ukraine to de-occupy Crimea could lead to a dangerous escalation from Russia. In the West, they fear that this may even lead to the use of nuclear weapons by Moscow.
Zelensky noted that the fate of Crimea is on the international agenda. He also recalled that Russian strikes on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure indicate that the Kremlin does not intend to negotiate an end to the war.
The war of Russia against Ukraine: what is happening in the Crimea
In the occupied Crimea, there is an active movement of columns of Russian military equipment from the occupied Kherson region in the direction of the Crimean bridge.
In addition, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense noted that the Russian occupiers have not yet organized an evacuation from the northern part of the temporarily occupied Crimea. However, they are actively building up defenses, both on the left bank of the Dnieper and in the Dzhankoy region.
At the same time, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on the peninsula they began to hand over the mobilization agenda against signature.