The situation in southeastern Ukraine and the return of Crimea to Russia led to the outbreak of a “war” in Europe. This was announced on Tuesday, May 4, by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a summit with the leaders of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
Zelensky’s speech was broadcast on the Facebook page of the President’s office of Ukraine.
“When part of Ukraine is annexed – our Crimean peninsula, when we have a war in the east. This is the war in Europe. It is very important that we are together, ”the Ukrainian leader said.
He also thanked foreign colleagues for their support to the country.
“I want to thank you for your attention to Ukraine. International partners support Ukraine, our territorial integrity, our sovereignty. I am grateful to you all. This is very important today. <...> It is very important that we are together, ”the head of state said.
According to Zelensky, “Ukraine is a powerful power that will only strengthen the European Union.” Therefore, the Ukrainian leader believes, the country should be seen in the EU as an equal partner.
On March 26, German journalist and political scientist Alexander Rahr said that Europe does not believe in the “return to Ukraine” of Crimea. He explained this by the fact that “Russians live in Crimea, and before that – Russians who were in Ukraine”.
A few days earlier, Sergei Tsekov, a member of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, said that the Ukrainian authorities understand that Crimea will never return to the country, but cannot admit it.
Crimea returned to Russia following the 2014 referendum. 96.77% of the region’s residents and 95.6% of the voters of Sevastopol voted for the accession. The procedure was carried out in accordance with international law. But until now, Kiev considers the peninsula to be its temporarily occupied territory. Moscow has repeatedly stated that the issue of the subject’s ownership has been closed forever.