Turkey is not the only country that Russia needs to worry about as Ukraine has reportedly started preparing to take back Crimea. The region has been a subject of dispute between the two countries but now it appears that the area will see more military action should Ukraine push through with its efforts.
The Ukranian premier just confirmed that the Kiev has been working on a special military unit as part of its bid to take back Crimea. “We have nothing. We need a new army, a new National Guard, a new police force. This is what the government of Ukraine is working on right now. We must restore all of this, and then, with enough will, Crimea will be ours,” RT quoted Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s Interior Minister in an interview with Ukrainian 1+1 TV Channel. “We are training some guys with the help of Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov (Crimean Tatar activists in Ukraine),” the minister said in relation to training a special force apart from the National Guard.
Crimean officials, nonetheless, did not like the declaration. Authorities emphasized that should Ukraine proceed with an invasion, they would repeal it, according to Press TV. According to reports, President Petro Poroshenko instructed the Defense Ministry and the General Staff of the Armed Forces to submit proposals on how to reinforce the borders in the concerned regions.
According to Newsweek, Russia together with its proxies “owns” 9 percent of the Ukrainian territory. The country’s efforts in Crimea changed European borders dating back to the World War II. It also breached several international treaties like the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.