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The theme of the day. Scrap metal can pick: Putin wants to return to APU

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In 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula remained Ukrainian military equipment. Her first parts were transferred to the mainland, but in June of 2014 Moscow has stopped the process, since the war began in the East of Ukraine. After three years of silence, and like a thunder from a clear sky Russian President Vladimir Putin declares readiness to transfer equipment to the mainland. As the proposal has responded to the Ukraine – in explaining the material LIGA.net.

WHERE TO START. Yesterday, January 11, Putin said that he is ready to give Ukraine the military ships, aircraft and armored vehicles from the occupied Crimea that still remained there since the annexation. He suggested the Ukrainian military to come to Crimea and take military equipment themselves. Russia is ready to help to transport it all in Odessa. Putin said that the equipment is in poor condition, and the ammunition will be disposed of.

In the Kremlin this proposal, called a “gesture of goodwill”. According to the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, made such a gesture to “get the process of Ukrainian settlement from the dead point”, as relations between the two countries are in “hostile and deplorable” condition.

HOW IT DEVELOPED. Commander of Ukrainian Navy Vice-Admiral Igor Voronchenko says that left in the Crimea military equipment was serviceable. According to him, in the occupied Peninsula remained eight warships, of which only the BBC Olshansky was not on the move, and the Corvette Lutsk was in the final stages of repair. Also at the time of annexation in Crimea was equipment for two battalions of infantry fighting vehicles, and two battalions of Armored personnel carriers, seven artillery divisions and four mortar batteries, and the aircraft flew to the mainland.

He added that Ukraine has filed an appeal to the international courts, and including them raised the question about those ships that remained in the occupied territory.

In February of this year Voronchenko told that the Ukrainian fleet in Crimea, the occupants use as a donor for the Russian ships. “The same Ternopil, Lutsk used to them (the Russian – ed.) small anti-submarine ships, those who now bear, as they say, watch in the heart of our gas storage”, said the commander of the Navy of the armed forces.

Ukrainian politics in Putin’s words have not seen any noble motive. The Chairman of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov called the statement of the President of the aggressor country, the Russian Federation “vile political reception”. According to him, Putin wants to humiliate Ukraine: “they say the turf is mine, and the scrap metal can take”, so the statement of the Russian leader is not even worth to respond. “We need to fight, to keep on keepin’ on, and indeed, Putin will be forced to return all, and most importantly – our land and our people”, – said Chubarov.

First Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko also said that the Crimea captured ships “do not sell, rent, or change.” “We will return the Crimea and the entire Ukrainian property there, including ships. As the Donbass”, – said the representative of the humanitarian sub-group the Minsk process.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. Despite the categorical statements of many politicians, the leadership of Ukraine will decide whether to accept the proposal or not. The Ministry of foreign Affairs is still working on this issue, which, according to the speaker of the foreign Ministry of the Mariana Betsy, “has many aspects.”

While it is difficult to say exactly what the purpose of the Kremlin and the decisions to be made by the Ukrainian authorities. But one thing is clear: the scrap metal from the occupation of Ukraine are hardly necessary.

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