‘Crimea is Ukrainian,’ Zelensky says after airbase blast

Kyiv (Ukraine) (AFP) – In his nightly address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that the “Russian war against Ukraine and against all of free Europe started with Crimea and should end with Crimea, by its liberation.” Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and has used the region as a staging ground for its attacks on Ukraine, but it has rarely been a target for Ukrainian forces. Major blasts took place near a Russian air base in Crimea on Tuesday, which Moscow insists were caused by exploding ammunition rather than Ukrainian fire. 


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