Russia threatens a ‘doomsday’ if Ukraine attacks Crimea

War and threats from a former Russian president
Strategic positions
Crimea: disputed territory
Crimean peninsula
A threatening public statement
“Some ecstatic bloody clowns”
“There will be no avoiding it”
“A little man forgotten by history”
Zelensky’s response
“Denazify and demilitarize” Ukraine
The supposed threat to Russia
Why now and not before?
HIMARS
High Mobility Artillery Rocket System
Will there be an attack?
Disarm Russia
Awaiting doomsday
War and threats from a former Russian president

Almost five months have passed since Russia began its attack on Ukraine. The war continues and Dmitri Medvédev (in the image), former president of Russia and current deputy security adviser, has launched an apocalyptic threat.

Strategic positions

We are facing a war in which intimidating the enemy is crucial. In fact, both sides continue to fight for strategic positions that offer advantages in the short and medium term, given that the conflict may take longer than expected.

Crimea: disputed territory

One of these hot spots has been the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed back in 2014, despite having been a Ukrainian territory until that point.

Crimean peninsula

Dmitri Medvedev made clear the relevance of the Crimean Peninsula with the most direct threat that a Russian leader has made since the start of the war.

A threatening public statement

In the event that Ukraine attacks the Crimean peninsula, Dmitri Medvedev said, there would be a swift, tough action that would mean “doomsday” for Ukraine if Crimea is attacked. Medvedev made his threat in a statement to Russian state media TASS.

“Some ecstatic bloody clowns”

"Some ecstatic, bloody clowns, who pop up there with some statements now and then, are trying to threaten us, I mean attacks on Crimea and so on," Medvedev told a group of WWII veterans in Volgograd.

“There will be no avoiding it”

"Should anything of the kind happen, they will be faced with a doomsday, very quick and tough, immediately. There will be no avoiding it," Medvedev continued. "But they keep on provoking the general situation by such statements."

"Existing threats to Russia"

The former president was even more specific in his threat. "You can be sure that the objectives of this operation will be fulfilled. They are related to the elimination of existing threats to Russia."

“A little man forgotten by history”

Mikhail Podolyak, who's a top adviser to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Medvedev was merely "a little man forgotten by history, trying to seem serious and scary, but in reality causing only pity. 'A little more, and I'll show you all!' Show what? Kill another child?"

Zelensky’s response

Zelensky responded to Medvedev's "doomsday" remark by saying it wasn't a sober remark, and that Ukrainians wouldn't be intimidated.

“Denazify and demilitarize” Ukraine

The Russian senator Andréi Klishas said, through a Telegram message, viralized by pro-Russian groups that they have to “denazify and demilitarize” Ukraine.

The supposed threat to Russia

“Threats to attack Crimea or the port of Crimea prove that the whole of Ukraine must be denazified and demilitarized”, Andrei Klishas said. “Otherwise, there will always be a threat to our territory, our citizens, and our infrastructure”, he added in that message on Telegram.

Why now and not before?

Medvedev's “doomsday” remark was likely sparked by Ukrainian Minister of Defense Vadym Skibitskyi on Saturday saying that Russian military facilities in the occupied Crimea are on the target list to strike by Ukrainian troops.

HIMARS

The arrival of US HIMARS systems (light missile launchers) during the month of June in Ukraine allows local forces to target the Crimean Peninsula.

High Mobility Artillery Rocket System

The HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a high mobility artillery rocket system, which allows up to six missiles to be launched from a moving truck.

Will there be an attack?

A line of vehicles would allow a multiple launch from Ukraine which, given the Russian threats, could deal a serious blow to its advance on Ukrainian soil.

Disarm Russia

One of the objectives that Ukraine plans to attack in Crimea is the site of the Russian Kalibr missiles, which are repeatedly fired from the now Russian peninsula, as numerous Ukrainian soldiers have confessed.

Awaiting doomsday

It remains to be seen if such attacks will take place and if Russia will fullfill its threat.

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