Medvedev threatens Kiev with ‘doomsday’ in case of Crimea attack
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, current deputy chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, yesterday threatened Ukraine with the arrival of “doomsday” if Ukrainian authorities attack Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014.
“The consequences [of the eventual attack] are obvious. If something similar happens, doomsday will soon come for all of them [Ukrainians]. It will be very fast and very hard,” Medvedev, Russia’s head of state from 2008 to 2012, said during a meeting with World War II veterans in Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad.
In his speech, published by the RIA Novosti news agency, the Russian politician assured that the objectives of the Kremlin’s military campaign, which began on February 24, “will be fulfilled.”
“You can be sure that the objectives of this operation will be met. They are related to the elimination… of threats to our country,” he said.
According to the former Russian President, this also covers the Western countries that “feed the regime” in Kiev with money and weapons.
Russian Senator Andrei Klishas had already called for the “demilitarization” and “denazification” of the entire Ukraine due to threats by the Ukrainian authorities to attack Crimea.
“Threats (…) to attack Crimea or the port of Crimea prove that the whole of Ukraine must be denazified and demilitarized, because otherwise there will always be a threat to our territory, our citizens and our infrastructure,” he wrote in the service. of Telegram messages.
In the past, Ukrainian Defense Ministry sources have not ruled out the possibility of using the US HIMARS missile system, which Kiev began receiving in June, to attack military targets in Crimea.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych had also said that the Crimean bridge, as a source of supply for Russian troops, could become a target of attack as soon as Kiev has this “technical possibility”.
Arestovych added that Kiev remains true to its promise not to hit Russian territory if it receives sophisticated weapons, but stressed that “there are many [Russian] targets on Ukrainian territory.”
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that has killed more than 5,000 civilians, according to the UN, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The Russian military offensive has caused more than 16 million people to flee, of which more than 5.7 million have fled the country, according to the latest UN figures.
Also according to the United Nations, 15.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
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