Statements by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about the need to take Crimea from Russia could turn the crisis around Ukraine into a full-fledged world war. Journalist Domenico Quirico wrote about this on August 12 in an article for the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
“If Zelensky, as he announced in one of his last evening addresses to the nation, decided to start the “return of territories” precisely from Crimea, these six months [спецоперации России по защите Донбасса] will be only a temporary stage before hell, ”the article says.
According to the author of the article, the Russian side will perceive the consequences of a possible attack by Ukraine on the peninsula of “Sevastopol, Malakhov Kurgan and Count Tolstoy” much tougher than the confrontation in the Donbass.
He added that Zelensky would lack the resolve to take such a desperate step without a green light from the West, which would likely bring the US and Europe into direct confrontation.
“An attempt to return the Crimea means that the prevailing idea will be to fight to the bitter end, total, without limiting funds; and the elimination of what little remains of the possibility of negotiating and resolving interests – the only path that leads to a truce, ”concluded Quirico.
The day before, Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean government Georgy Muradov said that the idea of the Kyiv regime to tear Crimea away from Russia would result in a complete collapse of Ukrainian statehood. He also added that the “puppeteers” of Kyiv from Washington also cannot accept the failure of their plans in 2014 to establish control over the naval facilities stationed in Sevastopol.
On August 10, Zelensky, in a video message posted on his Facebook page (owned by the Meta organization, recognized as extremist in the Russian Federation), said that Kyiv would definitely return Crimea under its control. According to the president, the peninsula “is Ukrainian” and Ukraine will never give it up.
In turn, the head of the committee of the Crimean parliament on public diplomacy and interethnic relations, Yuri Gempel, said that Zelensky’s words about the return of control over Crimea are “another zilch”.
On August 3, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said that the idea of Kyiv to return Crimea under its control by military means is absurd.
Crimea returned to the Russian Federation following the results of the 2014 referendum. 96.77% of the inhabitants of the region and 95.6% of the voters of Sevastopol voted for joining. Meanwhile, Kyiv considers the peninsula its temporarily occupied territory. Russia has repeatedly stated that the issue of subject ownership is closed forever.