The expert is sure that there is a sufficient percentage of those who want to return to Ukraine on the peninsula.
Military expert Oleg Zhdanov said when asked whether the inhabitants of the Russian-occupied Crimea would want to return to Ukraine.
He expressed his opinion on the matter in YouTube.
The expert agreed that at the time of the capture in Crimea there was a fairly large percentage of those who shouted: “Putin send in the troops” and “Crimea is Russia.” However, now the situation has changed, Zhdanov is sure.
First of all, as he noted, one should not forget about the Crimean Tatars:
“This is the indigenous people of the peninsula. If they had agreed that Russia had occupied Crimea, then for 8 years the Russian FSB would not have smashed the organization, like the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar people in Crimea itself. Constant repressions, searches, arrests, trials…” – reminded the expert.
“Land seizure. Ask how many Crimeans have the Russian occupation authorities taken their land from? How many Russian Defense Ministry has closed the Black Sea coast on the southern coast of Crimea? Access to the beaches … how many Crimeans complained that there are no passages, everything is closed and seized? So, I think, that there will be a sufficient percentage of those who wish to return to Ukraine,” Zhdanov added.
Earlier, military-political observer Kovalenko expressed confidence that a full-fledged operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to de-occupy Crimea would begin in 2023.