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Kiev planning to ‘retake’ Crimea in 2023 — says former commander

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Ukraine’s armed forces are reportedly preparing for an assault on Crimea, to “retake” the peninsula which voted to reunite with Russia in 2014.

A former Ukrainian commander told the Economist that the operation was being planned for 2023, but declined to give more details.

Former air assault commander, Mikhail Zabrodsky told the outlet that if the army announced its intentions on social media or television, it would “never achieve anything.”

He did admit, however, that an operation designed to retake the peninsula would not be a “senseless frontal assault” and would be done using a combination of land troops, sea landings, and air attacks, including the use of drones.

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