Ukraine to change strategy for liberation of Crimea, announces Danilov

2 March, 01:29 PM
Oleksiy Danilov (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Oleksiy Danilov (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Ukraine will adjust its strategy for the de-occupation of Crimea, Secretary of the National Security & Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov said on Twitter on March 2.

“It’s time to revise our strategy to de-occupy Crimea”, he wrote. “The order of de-occupation – political-diplomatic, military, economic, etc. – requires a change in priorities.”

Adviser to the President’s chief-of-staff, Myhailo Podolyak, said that Ukrainian forces can liberate Russian-occupied Crimea before liberating Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in the Donbas region of mainland Ukraine.

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According to Ukrainian intelligence, the Russian occupation authorities are already preparing for the Ukrainian army operation to liberate Crimea.

Russia has occupied Crimea and parts of the Donbas since the beginning of its war against Ukraine, in February 2014. The Kremlin claims it has annexed the Ukrainian territory, but only a handful of rogue and pariah states have ever recognized this claim.

Ukraine says its war aim is now to liberate the whole of its territory from Russian occupation, and restore control over the whole of its internationally recognized territory as of its declaration of independence in 1991.

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