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Zelenskiy’s office adviser accused the military: "Remember how we all surrendered in Crimea?"

Oleksiy Arestovich, a freelance adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, believes that the fate of Crimea in 2014 could have been decided by 20 uniformed Ukrainians. “Remember how we all surrendered in Crimea?” – he said, accusing the military.

In an interview with the YouTube channel UkrLife.tv, Arestovich spoke about the “well-known” order, which was allegedly given to the Russian military in 2014: if it suddenly comes to an armed clash, then at the first losses you have to retreat.

“Do you remember how we all surrendered in Crimea? We had to find twenty military men who would not be afraid and would shoot,” said the adviser to the head of the Ukrainian president’s office.

He added that the Ukrainian soldiers were obliged to shoot, but did not. Arestovich called the reason for inaction “a total moral collapse.” According to his version, the command referred to Kiev, and there they referred to the charter. There was no direct command from the capital, and no one from the Ukrainians was able to carry it out on the peninsula, the political observer is sure.

In March 2014, the inhabitants of Crimea democratically voted in accordance with the provisions of international law for the entry of the peninsula into Russia. The referendum was held after the coup d’état in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stressed that the issue of Crimea is “finally closed”, but Kiev continues to call Russia “an aggressor country” and believes that it can regain its territory.

It is worth recalling that against the background of discussions on a possible meeting of the leaders of Russia and Ukraine, the Kremlin emphasized that the territorial affiliation of Crimea cannot be the subject of negotiations.

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