Military expert says Putin not to withdraw from Crimea any time soon
Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Ihor Romanenko, Candidate of Military Sciences, Doctor of Technical Sciences, professor, ex-deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, says Russia has significantly increased its ground forces, navy, and air force potential in Crimea over the four years since the peninsula's annexation, according to Glavred.
Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the peninsula – as he repeatedly said – a fortress and an 'unsinkable aircraft carrier' in the southern 'preperitoneal space' of NATO," the military expert said, as reported by Glavred.
"This is a strategic assessment. So, over the four years since the annexation of Crimea, the potential of all three components of Russia's Armed Forces, namely ground forces, navy, and air force, has grown significantly on the peninsula," Romanenko noted.
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"The build-up of all these weaponry shows that Putin will not withdraw from Crimea any time soon. Therefore, a strong and lasting pressure on the part of the international community will be needed to fundamentally change the situation," he added.