Zelenskyy: Russian fleet leaving Crimea gradually
Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the Russian Black Sea Fleet is slowly leaving occupied Crimea. He also noted that pro-Ukrainian sentiments are growing on the peninsula
The President of Ukraine stated it at the Second Parliamentary Summit of the Crimean Platform.
"We are now actively working towards our goal, which is the de-occupation of Crimea, more than ever in the almost ten years since Russia's hybrid and then full-scale aggression began. The situation in Crimea is the best illustration of our progress. The Russian military fleet can no longer effectively operate in the western Black Sea and is gradually leaving Crimea," said Zelenskyy.
He emphasized that thanks to the actions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the occupiers no longer have a secure base or a reliable logistical route in Crimea and the occupied Black Sea and Azov coast areas.
Zelenskyy also mentioned that pro-Ukrainian sentiments in Crimea are becoming more evident, even though Russia still controls the region.
He highlighted that “Ukraine has restored its role in the Black Sea as a crucial transportation route for global food security.”
Zelenskyy pointed out that Russia's previous impunity is now a thing of the past, and Ukraine is making progress toward completely reclaiming the territory, including Crimea.
The Crimean Platform is an international platform created at Ukraine's initiative, aiming to de-occupy Crimea. Its main objectives include improving the international response to the long-term occupation of Crimea, addressing security threats, increasing international pressure on Russia, safeguarding human rights, and ultimately achieving the liberation of Crimea and its return to Ukraine.
- On October 4, the GUR (Main Intelligence Directorate) announced that Ukrainian special forces conducted an amphibious operation in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea. They successfully carried out the operation, dealing a blow to enemy forces and safely retreating.
- However, during the mission, one Ukrainian soldier was captured. Ukraine is committed to doing everything possible to bring the captured soldier back home.