The warning sounded menacing and fierce. “They (the Ukrainian authorities – ed.) are well aware of the consequences of such statements. If something like this happens, the “day of judgment” will immediately dawn on them, and it will be very difficult at the same moment, from which it will be very difficult to hide,” according to D. Medvedev’s warning.
D. Medvedev published this threat on his official Telegram channel. However, after the Ukrainian armed forces, without making any official statements, carried out several strikes on military facilities in Crimea, the record of the former Russian president and prime minister disappeared from the Internet, notes dialogue.ua.
D. Medvedev stated in July that the refusal of Ukraine and NATO to recognize the legality of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula poses a “systemic threat” to his country.
Russia “has the right to preventive self-defense, that must be remembered,” D. Medvedev said during a meeting with veterans; his words were quoted by the Interfax news agency.
“If any other state – be it Ukraine or NATO countries – thinks that Crimea does not belong to Russia, it is a systemic threat to us,” the former Russian prime minister and president emphasized. According to him, every state has the right to take “preventive measures to eliminate a military threat”.
At the beginning of July, D. Medvedev said that after the start of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow “started to really get along.”
At the time, a senior Ukrainian official called on Wednesday to “dismantle” Moscow’s main bridge linking Kremlin-controlled Crimea to the Russian mainland, after several attacks on the peninsula.
The 19 km long bridge, inaugurated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018, is Moscow’s main military and civilian land corridor to the peninsula, which it wrested from Ukraine in 2014.
“This bridge is an illegal object,” presidential aide Mychailo Podoliaks said on social media.
Therefore, it “must be dismantled. It doesn’t matter how – voluntarily or not,” he added, implying that the Kerch bridge could become a military target for Ukrainian forces.
Russian military facilities on the peninsula have recently been rocked by explosions, with the Russian Defense Ministry calling the attacks an act of “sabotage”.
Ukraine has not publicly claimed responsibility for the blasts, but political and military officials have joked about the incidents online and suggested that Ukrainian forces were involved.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address Tuesday night after explosions at an ammunition depot near the village of Dzhankoy that Russian tourists were leaving Crimea after realizing that “Crimea is not a place for them.”
Late Thursday evening, Crimea was also not calm – explosions were announced.
Oleksiy Arestovich, adviser to the head of the administration of the President of Ukraine, commented on the explosions in the occupied Crimea and Belgorod region on his Telegram channel. According to him, air-raid sirens sounded on the territory of Russian-occupied Crimea.
“Belbek Air Base, Crimea, Airstrikes. Weather danger in Kerch. Air danger in Sevastopol. Ammunition depots of the army fighting in the direction of Izium are exploding in the Belgorod region. As you understand, we have nothing to contribute here. You need to smoke less”, commented O. Arestović.
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