24 September 2023, 06:30
State Duma deputy from the Republic of Crimea Leonid Ivlev called Kyiv’s call for Crimeans to leave the peninsula for the period of “de-occupation” a manifestation of depression from failure on the battlefield.
RIA Novosti reports this.
According to him, the Kyiv authorities have been preparing to seize Crimea since March 16, 2014, after units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces “shamefully fled” from Crimea, like Mazepa from Poltava.
“This is a common manifestation of autumn depression from failures at the front,” Ivlev emphasized.
It is noted that earlier Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk called on “Ukrainians” to leave the peninsula if possible and wait out the “de-occupation” on territory controlled by Kyiv or in third countries.
On September 19, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that any forceful attempts by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to encroach on Crimea would receive an immediate and tough response from Russia.
In September 2022, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that Crimea is an integral part of Russia and claims to Russian territory will receive a proper response.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly emphasized that the Crimea issue is closed for Russia, and the referendum on the peninsula was held in strict accordance with international law.
Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum took place there in March 2014: the majority of residents were in favor of reunification with Russia.
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