Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says any Russian attack around the date of the country’s independence will be met with a powerful response as he vowed to restore Crimea.
Ukraine will take back Crimea, says Zelenskiy
As Ukraine prepares to mark both its independence from Soviet rule in 1991 and six months since Russian forces invaded, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has vowed that any Russian attacks in or around the date will provoke a powerful response.
Zelenskiy, who has led his country’s resistance since Russian troops poured over the border on February 24, also said Ukraine would restore its rule over the Crimea region – annexed by Russia in 2014 in a precursor to this year’s invasion.
“We will take back Crimea – it is our territory. We will do this in any way which we decide. We will decide this by ourselves, without consultation with any other country in the world,” he told reporters.
Despite his defiance, there was concern among Ukrainian and allied government officials that Russia was preparing to attack the capital Kyiv once again.