Crimean Federation Council Senator Olga Kovitidi responded to plans by Ukrainian politicians to return Crimea by military force. She told Izvestia about this.
Kovitidi advised politicians in Kyiv to think about people of different nationalities living on the peninsula. She noted that all of them decided in a referendum to reunite with Russia. “And no one will be able to change the will of the people,” the senator stressed.
The parliamentarian also added that Ukrainian activists should get acquainted with the Constitution of Russia and the Criminal Code.
Earlier, the former Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov stated that Kyiv should be ready to return Crimea and Donbass by military means. He was surprised that Ukraine was not considering a scenario of war for these territories, and called on the General Staff to develop a plan for their return using modern weapons.
In September, the Ukrainian government approved a strategy for the deoccupation of Crimea. According to Prime Minister Denis Shmygal, the document was adopted as a “comprehensive roadmap” for the return of the peninsula.
Crimea joined Russia in March 2014 after a referendum in which the vast majority of those who voted in the region supported the decision. Ukraine, the EU and the United States refused to recognize the results of the vote, calling the reunification of the peninsula with mainland Russia annexation. The Russian authorities reject these allegations and insist that the accession procedure complies with international law.