Ukraine must retake Crimea ‘wisely’ to avoid tactical nuclear strike by Russia – military expert

6 July, 02:24 PM
Passenger bus from occupied Simferopol to occupied Kherson (Photo:REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak)

Passenger bus from occupied Simferopol to occupied Kherson (Photo:REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak)

Ukraine can retake the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula, but it will have to “do it wisely” so as not to provoke a Russian tactical nuclear strike, Azerbaijani military expert Agil Rustamzade has said in an interview with Ukrainian journalist Olena Trybushna

Rustamzade, an officer with 30 years of service experience and participation in military conflicts, was commenting on the future liberation of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea and Donbas.

"As for Crimea, this is a very subtle aspect," he said.

"Here it's necessary to seize the moment when the entry of Ukrainian troops into Crimea will not push the leadership, the political elite of the Russian Federation to use the last argument – a tactical nuclear strike.

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“You can regain the Crimea, and Donetsk and Luhansk, and return to the borders of 2014, but this should be done wisely so that you do not receive a tactical nuclear strike."

Former Russian President and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on June 28 that "any attempt to encroach" on Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea would be considered a declaration of war on Russia.

In turn, Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, stressed that the Crimea is Ukrainian territory and it would definitely be regained.

The Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Tamila Tasheva, said on June 17 that the peninsula might be liberated from the invaders by military means.

Earlier Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that new Western weapons from partner countries would help Ukraine return all the territories occupied by Russia, including the occupied Crimea and Donbas.

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