Return of Crimea by diplomatic means possible, says Zelenskyy

18 September, 11:45 AM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

There is a possibility that Ukraine’s occupied Crimean peninsula may be returned to Ukrainian control through diplomatic means, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview with news agency Reuters, published on Sept. 17.

The President noted that polls have demonstrated that the Ukrainian people support the return of Crimea via diplomacy, and not necessary war, though he stressed that regaining control of the Russian-occupied territory remains a priority for the country.

"There’s no other option, no other solution: we have to liberate (Crimea),” the Ukrainian leader said.

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“It could happen that (Kyiv) might pursue diplomatic means to take back Crimea. It’s undeniable that people in Ukraine are more supportive of the diplomatic way of resolving this issue. Who will be involved in these discussions and when, I cannot say right now. But, nevertheless, this is what I think.”

Zelenskyy stressed that Ukraine "will be able to live in peace when it takes back all its land".

In 2014, after the Revolution of Dignity and the flight of President Viktor Yanukovych from the country, Russia began the occupation of Crimea, holding a sham referendum on the peninsula to legitimize its annexation of the region – not dissimilar to similar plans for occupied Ukrainian territory during the full-scale invasion, prior to Ukraine’s successful liberation of Kharkiv Oblast.

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