Poroshenko: We can't knock Russia out of Crimea by force
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said Ukraine cannot knock Russia out of Crimea by force but it can create conditions for Crimea to become an unbearable burden for Russia, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"Can we take Crimea away from Russia by force? Realistically, no, we can't. Will it [Russia] leave on its own? Unfortunately, it won't. But we can create conditions for Crimea to become an unbearable burden for Russia. A thief sometimes throws away stolen goods when they start burning his pockets, so we have to create all conditions to make them feel this burning," Poroshenko said during an annual address to the Ukrainian parliament about the internal and external situation of the country.
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At the same time, Poroshenko believes that, however lengthy, the process will ultimately be effective.
"Yes, in the language of law, we will force Russia to answer for its actions in the territory of Ukraine," the president added.