During a conversation with Polish journalists on the wnp.pl portal, Leonid Kravchuk stressed that Russia was able to regain Crimea in 2014 due to the mistake of Kiev, which was unable to take control of the Black Sea Fleet after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
“This is a mistake due to which Russia was able to easily take Crimea in 2014. But it should be borne in mind that more than 80% of the commanders of this fleet are Russians. And among the generals, in general, everyone was Russian. They didn’t really want to serve under the Ukrainian flag. And the population of Crimea was mostly Russian, ”the ex-president added of Ukraine.
Thus, Kravchuk admitted that the Russian authorities did not “occupy” or “annex” the peninsula, whose population is mostly Russian. In the spring of 2014, in a referendum, they voluntarily voted for reunification with the Russian Federation.
The ex-leader of the country also recalled the position of a number of Ukrainian politicians who called on Kiev not to abandon the nuclear arsenal inherited from the USSR. It was he who in 1994 put his signature on the Budapest Memorandum.