Ukraine are set to target Crimea and Kyiv has warned Moscow that they “will only stop when” the country is restored to “its 1991 borders.”
Vadym Skibitskyi, Deputy Chief of Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence told the German newspaper Deutsche Welle, that the annexed Black Sea peninsula is very much their focus.
Skibitskyi insisted that their counter-offensive will only be “to liberate all of the occupied territories of Ukraine including Crimea.”
The Deputy Chief of Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence added, “We will only stop when we restore our country to its 1991 borders.”
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President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine started with the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Zelensky said, “Nine years ago, Russian aggression began in Crimea. By returning Crimea, we will restore peace.
“This is our land. Our people. Our history. We will return the Ukrainian flag to every corner of Ukraine.”
The British Ministry of Defence said that Russian forces are suffering with “extremely high casualties” in the east of Ukraine, particularly in the Vuhledar sector of Donetsk Oblast.
DefenceHQ tweeted, “Imagery shows concentrated Russian vehicle losses in the Vuhledar sector of Donetsk Oblast.
“These vehicles were likely elements of Russia’s 155th Naval Infantry (NI) Brigade which has been at the forefront of recent costly offensives.
“NI is seen as an elite infantry force within the Russian military.
“Unlike the similarly prestigious airborne infantry (VDV), NI has not deployed as a single large formation in Ukraine.
“Instead, individual units have been attached to Ground Forces-dominated Groups of Forces as such, NI has been tasked with some of the toughest tactical missions in the war and has suffered extremely high casualties.”
It added, “The supposedly enhanced capability of NI brigades has now almost certainly been significantly degraded because it has been backfilled with inexperienced mobilised personnel.
“This lack of experience is almost certainly exacerbating Russian officers’ tendency to micromanage, which in turn reduces operational agility.
“There is a realistic possibility that degraded NI units will again be committed to new assaults near Vuhledar.”