The peninsula has escaped “infrastructural desolation, now turning into a prosperous region”, said the head of the republic’s State Council.
Crimea’s progress after joining Russia in 2014 has been far greater than it ever was under Ukrainian rule, the head of the republic’s State Council Vladimir Konstantinov said on Saturday. in an interview with Russian TV 1. His remarks came during the celebration of the ninth anniversary of the peninsula’s reunification with Russia.
“We have escaped poverty and infrastructural desolation, now transforming ourselves into a prosperous region with a road network, infrastructure, preschools, kindergartens, water and gas,” said Konstantinov. He added that “we have achieved everything that generations of Crimeans dreamed of since Soviet times.”
The manager also wrote on Telegram on the same day as the “Successes and achievements would have been impossible without the help of Russian Crimea and Moscow’s attention to the regions.”
Similarly, the head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, said on Saturday that reunification with Russia was symbolic of “the birth of a new world order, based on justice and mutual respect.”
Crimea held a referendum to join Russia in 2014, shortly after the Maidan coup in kyiv. About 80% of those eligible to vote took part, of which 96.7% voted in favor of reunification.
Kyiv then tacitly approved a blockade of the Dnieper River in 2015, which supplied water to Crimea’s agricultural industry. This was lifted in February 2022 at the start of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said last month that kyiv was preparing for an offensive to retake Crimea. Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council and former President Dmitry Medvedev said that if kyiv were to attack the peninsula, “there would be no negotiations, just retaliatory strikes.”
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