US supports Ukrainian strikes on Russian military facilities in occupied Crimea – Nuland

17 February, 10:52 AM
Victoria Nuland (Photo:Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters)

Victoria Nuland (Photo:Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters)

The United States supports Ukraine striking Russian military facilities in Russian-occupied Crimea, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said during a videoconference on Feb. 16.

“Russia has built a lot of military facilities in Crimea, these are legitimate targets that Ukraine is attacking, and we support it,” Nuland said.

“Ukraine will not be safe until Crimea is at least demilitarized.”

Nuland said that even after the end of the war, the United States will continue to provide military aid to Ukraine, as there is no certainty that Russia will not renew the conflict.

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The day before, U.S. news website Politico reported that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had said in a private conversation that Ukraine’s attempt to retake occupied Crimea would be a “red line” for dictator Vladimir Putin, which “could lead to a broader reaction from Russia,” but the decision is only up to Kyiv.

Russia began its military occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea and parts of the Donbas region on the Ukrainian mainland in 2014.

Ukraine has stated that one of its war aims is to regain control of all of the territory within its internationally recognized borders as of 1991, when the country regaining independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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