Medvedev wrote in his blog on Twitter, tweeting, “International law respects the will of the people. Crimea is Russia. An attack on Crimea means an attack on Russia and an escalation of the conflict.”
Medvedev’s tweet comes a short time after his previous strong statements, in which he threatened to launch a retaliatory strike using all weapons, including “nuclear” weapons, against Kyiv, and that “the rest of Ukraine will turn to ashes,” if Crimea is targeted.
Medvedev said that his country did not set restrictions for itself when responding to any attacks against its lands from Kyiv, indicating that “there will be a willingness to use all kinds of weapons to respond to that.”
And the deputy head of the Russian Security Council confirmed that if Ukraine launched any attack on Crimea, “there will be counter-attacks, and the rest of the Ukrainian lands that are still under Kyiv’s control will turn into ashes.”
It is noteworthy that the Ukrainian presidential advisor, Mikhail Podolak, had stated, earlier, that Kyiv “will regain Crimea by carrying out a conventional attack and in a very short time.”
The Acting Minister of the Interior of Ukraine, Igor Klimenko, announced the start of the formation of special offensive brigades, from the Ukrainian army, police and border guards, “to seize Crimea and Donbass,” he said.
On the other hand, the Kremlin confirmed, through the words of many of its officials, that any Ukrainian attempt to attack Crimea, or any Russian territory, would be followed by a firm Russian response.
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