‘We will take Crimea without a fight’, says Defense Minister Reznikov

2 May, 04:18 PM
Oleksii Reznikov (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine)

Oleksii Reznikov (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine)

Ukraine will take the Russian-occupied Crimea without a fight, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in an interview with The Atlantic on May 1.

Knowing that Crimea has been built into a fortress, Ukrainians talk about the “political military” liberation of Crimea, not a purely military counteroffensive, he said.

Once we have cut off the roads, railroads, and waterways to the peninsula, and targeted the military infrastructure with drones, we presume that many Russian inhabitants, especially recent immigrants, will become convinced that they would be better off living elsewhere, he said.

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Some have reportedly fled already, The Atlantic noted, following an explosion on the Kerch Strait Bridge (which connects Crimea to Russia) and other explosions on the peninsula.

“We will take Crimea without a fight,” Reznikov told journalists.

Reznikov said on May 1 that preparations for Ukraine’s counteroffensive are in the final stretch, “when we can say that everything we need is ready.”

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