In his New Year's greetings, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy predicted the imminent reunification of Donetsk, Lugansk and Crimea with Kiev. In Russia, they believe that Ukraine is preparing for a new war. Crimean State Duma deputy Mikhail Sheremet threatened Zelensky with a tribunal if Ukraine attacks Crimea or Donbass.
Crimean photos“We are not waiting for the world to solve our problems, and someone will return our land to us for us. And we are collecting the world for the liberation of Crimea. How loudly this year "Crimea is Ukraine!" The voice not only of Ukraine, but also of 46 participants of the Crimean platform. We can say: we have returned Crimea to the world agenda, so that someday we can say: we have returned Crimea to Ukraine, ”Zelensky said a few minutes before the New Year.
This time, the address of the Ukrainian leader lasted for an unusually long time - almost 21 minutes. The president talked about the victories of athletes, teachers and doctors, and then switched to the military. He promised to provide apartments for all participants in the military operation in the east of the country in 2022.
“We have not forgotten our veterans. And next year they will forget the words “apartment queue”. And all the veterans of the war in Donbass will be able to hang a photo with their brothers, together with whom they defended their land, in their homes. And right behind them are all our military men. I believe it will be a photo from peaceful Donetsk, Lugansk, Crimea, ”Zelensky said.
He wished the citizens that the neighbors would come to visit them with "jellied meat and a bottle", and not "with weapons and without knocking." He also hopes that his friends will be ready to "fight" for them "not on Twitter, but close by." In addition, the President wished that relatives "from Donbass, from Crimea" would come to Ukraine more often.
“Any army on the other side of the border does not scare us, because an outstanding army on our side of the border protects us ... I am glad that for the first time we are building military aircraft for military aircraft together with Antonov, the fleet - together with Britain, drones and corvettes - together with Turkey, and we build the missiles ourselves, ”the Ukrainian president concluded.
Preparing for a "hot war"In Zelensky's New Year address, director of the Ukrainian Institute for Economic Development Alexander Goncharov saw a military threat. He believes that Kiev is "preparing for a local hot war."
"On New Year's Eve, the video message from President Zelensky turned out to be too long and vague ... which was replete with contradictory theses, and in it he especially tried to please the military," Goncharov wrote in an article published on the Glavred website.
The expert also considers the creation and development of pro-government TV channels and the inability of the political elite to reform as signs of an imminent war. In his opinion, if hostilities start, Kiev will be able to get financial assistance from the West. Goncharov is convinced that Ukraine "found itself on the sidelines of Europe," and that its fate "began to be decided by the United States, the European Union and Russia."
At the end of 2021, the Kiev authorities and the West began to accuse Russia of allegedly preparing an invasion of Ukraine and pulling troops to the border. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these accusations. The Russian authorities emphasize that they are not hatching any aggressive plans and are not going to attack anyone, and the movement of troops across Russian territory should not bother anyone.
Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden talked on the phone on the night of December 31. The Kremlin said that the head of the White House threatened "large-scale sanctions" because of the situation with Ukraine. The President of the Russian Federation said in response that this would be a major mistake: in this case, a complete rupture of relations between Russia and the United States could follow.
Then Biden phoned Zelensky. The leaders of the countries discussed the situation in Donbass, as well as measures in the event of an "invasion" of Russian troops in Ukraine. The White House release said Biden "made it clear to his Ukrainian counterpart that the United States, its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia launches an invasion."
“He reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Biden also expressed support for confidence-building measures to de-escalate tensions in Donbass and active diplomacy to advance the implementation of the Minsk agreements in support of the "Normandy format," the White House press service said.
Both presidents have supported a dialogue on strategic security that will begin next week.
“They discussed joint actions of Ukraine, the United States and partners to maintain peace in Europe, prevent further escalation, reforms, deoligarchization. We appreciate Ukraine's unwavering support, ”Zelensky commented on a telephone conversation on Twitter.
Criminal order"If Zelensky decides to give a criminal order to attack Crimea and Donbass, then the Ukrainian army will face an unenviable fate and many photographs as prisoners of war, and the Ukrainian president himself will be an international tribunal," RIA Novosti told RIA Novosti »State Duma deputy from the Crimean region Mikhail Sheremet.He noted that the Kiev authorities should not forget the events of 2014, when about 80% of the Ukrainian army servicemen who were then in Crimea went over to the side of the inhabitants of the peninsula and swore allegiance to Russia.
“There are two options for the appearance of the Ukrainian military on the territory of Russia - good and bad. The various invaders who have invaded our land throughout history and who later participated in the victory parades as prisoners of war know bad. History knows many such examples, these are prisoners of war of the Napoleonic army, German prisoners of war in 1945, and the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass in 2014 also held similar parades with the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, "said RIA Novosti the head of the Ukrainian community of Crimea, Anastasia Gridchina.
And she called the participation of the Ukrainian military in a joint parade with Russia on May 9 in Moscow as a good option.