Russia warns Ukraine attempts to retake Crimea will be seen as 'declaration of war'

尽管国际谴责和二战以来欧洲最大的冲突, 俄罗斯总统弗拉基米尔·普京坚称他的入侵相当于 “特别军事行动,” not an official declaration of war.

“为我们, Crimea is part of Russia. And it shall be forever. Any attempt to encroach on Crimea is a declaration of war on our country,” Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev told Russian media Tuesday.

Service members take part in a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in the Chechen capital Grozny, 俄罗斯五月 9, 2022.

Service members take part in a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in the Chechen capital Grozny, 俄罗斯五月 9, 2022. (REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov)

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Medvedev once again reiterated Russia’s objection to Ukraine joining NATO and suggested if it were to do so amid the ongoing conflict the result would becatastrophic.

The Russian official said the push for Sweden and Finland to join NATOdoes not threaten Russia with anything particularly new.

But added that if Ukraine were to try to enter the military alliance, it would bemuch more dangerous due to the existence of unresolved territorial disputes.

Medvedev said if a NATO member encroached on Crimea it would meanconflict with the entire North Atlantic Alliance. World War III. A total catastrophe.

While Sweden and Finland continue negotiations with Turkey on NATO admittance, no such moves have been made with Ukraine.

A woman wrapped in a Ukrainian flag attends the funeral of activist and soldier Roman Ratushnyi in Kyiv, 乌克兰, 星期六, 六月 18, 2022. Ratushnyi died in a battle near Izyum, where Russian and Ukrainian troops are fighting for control of the area.

A woman wrapped in a Ukrainian flag attends the funeral of activist and soldier Roman Ratushnyi in Kyiv, 乌克兰, 星期六, 六月 18, 2022. Ratushnyi died in a battle near Izyum, where Russian and Ukrainian troops are fighting for control of the area. (美联社)

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In the lead-up to Russia’s February invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he would work to regain the Crimean Peninsula after Moscow illegally annexed it in 2014.

普京, who held a referendum on the annexation – which the UN and international community have decried as illegitimate – has said similar votes will be held in other parts of Ukraine.

Zelenskyy has vowed to keep fighting Russia until its forces are pushed out of Ukraine but acknowledged last month that removing Russian troops from Crimea militarily will likely not be an option.

A Ukrainian serviceman stands in an observation point near the frontline village of Krymske, Luhansk region, in eastern Ukraine, 星期六, 二月. 19, 2022.

A Ukrainian serviceman stands in an observation point near the frontline village of Krymske, Luhansk region, in eastern Ukraine, 星期六, 二月. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

I do not believe that we can restore all of our territory by military means. If we decide to go that way, we will lose hundreds of thousands of people,” 他说.

Though Zelenskyy was adamant thatUkraine will get everything back. Everything.

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