With the myth of a mighty Moscow military now thoroughly negated by the Kremlin’s performance in Ukraine, there are new fears beginning to emerge in the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Namely, whether or not Ukraine is going to stop pummeling his troops at the borders that existed earlier in 2022, or the ones that existed back in the beginning of 2014.
After a series of crushing defeats for Russia’s military in Ukraine from the northeast to the south over the last several weeks, Russian authorities in Moscow appear to be increasingly concerned that Ukraine has set its sights on seizing back Crimea next.Advertisement - story continues below
Russian MP Andrei Gurulyov on Sunday urged Moscow to determine the risk of Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization launching an attack on Crimea, which Russian President Vladimir Putin illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Russian MP Mikhail Sheremet warned that Ukrainian troops will suffer a “final crushing blow” if they launch an attack on Crimea.
Russian officials were attempting to keep calm, but it was obvious that their nerves were rattled due to the existence of any statement at all on the matter.
In an apparent attempt to temper fears that Ukraine would go after Crimea, the chairman of the Federation Council’s committee on defense and security, Viktor Bondarev, warned Monday that he doesn’t think Ukraine has the firepower to take back Crimea.
“Ukraine has neither the resources, nor the military force, nor the support of the Crimeans for the promised offensive on the peninsula,” Bondarev said, adding, “‘Crimea is ours’ is not only a slogan and a hashtag. It is an unshakable reality.”
The Kremlin has ever right to fear such a possibility, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy certainly not shying away from the subject of liberating Crimea from Russian control.