Aksyonov declared about the “non-standard” line of defense in Crimea
The head of the Russian administration of the annexed Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, confirmed that a large-scale defense line is being built on the peninsula. In an interview with RIA Novosti, Aksyonov, without giving specific details, said that the fortification is going “according to plan” and at the same time “non-standard” and “asymmetric”.
Aksyonov explained the need for the construction of protective lines in Crimea, which is now at a great distance from the front line, with the words “God protects the safe” and “if you want peace, get ready for war.” He also confirmed that a large number of people were involved in the construction.
Earlier it was reported about the recruitment of workers in Crimea for the construction of trenches, as well as the dispatch of workers from various Russian regions to the peninsula.
The Kremlin previously denied that defense structures were being built in Crimea. In early February, the press secretary of the President of Russia, Dmitry Peskov, stated that “the security of Crimea is reliably ensured.” Meanwhile, Ukrainian intelligence and local residents have repeatedly stated that the Russian military is building engineering fortifications in the north and northwest of the annexed peninsula. This was later confirmed by Aksyonov, who said that Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with the plan.
- A number of analysts believe that in the spring the Armed Forces of Ukraine may go on the offensive, and its main goal may be the so-called land corridor to Crimea – the southern regions of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions currently occupied by Russia. The authorities of Ukraine officially do not rule out the possibility of an attack on Crimea itself. The head of the military intelligence of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, said that the peninsula could be liberated this year.
- In an interview with the Italian publication La Stampa, the advisor of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Mykhailo Podolyak, stated that Ukraine could launch an offensive within the next two months. “We will exhaust the Russians in Bakhmut, and then concentrate in another place,” he said.
- On March 18, it will be nine years since Russia annexed Crimea, which is not recognized by the vast majority of countries in the world.