Zelensky: The war must end with the liberation of Crimea

Volodymyr Zelenski
Volodymyr Zelenski / June 15, 2022 / Photo: EPA-EFE / SERGEY DOLZHENKO

The war in Ukraine started with Crimea and must end with its liberation, the president said Volodymyr Zelenski, transmits BBC.

The Ukrainian president was speaking after a series of explosions hit a Russian air base on the peninsula yesterday, killing one person.

Zelensky did not mention the explosions, but said: "Crimea is Ukrainian and we will never give it up."

The Russian Ministry of Defense said that it was an explosion of ammunition at the base. Meanwhile, Ukraine has denied responsibility for the explosions.

In a separate development, Ukrainian authorities said 11 people were killed in overnight Russian strikes in the central Dnipropetrovsk region and another in the Zaporozhye region in the south.

Crimea is internationally recognized as part of Ukraine – but the Black Sea peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014 following a referendum deemed illegitimate by the global community. Many Ukrainians see this as the beginning of their war with Russia.

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