Ukrainian Ministry addressing issue of possible return of Ukrainian military hardware left in Crimea

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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is considering a response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement about the possible return of military hardware abandoned in Crimea to Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa told the television channel 112.Ukraine on Friday.

"The issue has many aspects," the TV channel's website cited Betsa as saying.

As reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready to give back to Ukraine the combat equipment the Ukrainian army and fleet abandoned when leaving the Crimean Peninsula. He said that the Ukrainian military equipment "is in poor condition."

"But it's none of our business. This is the condition it actually was in. And naturally, nobody has ever serviced it all these years," Putin said.

He says about dozens of warships, dozens of aircraft.

"As for the ships, I think it will be better if Ukrainian servicemen just come and take them. We are ready to help transport them to Odesa," Putin said.

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Ukrainian military hardware, which was left in Russian-occupied Crimea and which Moscow said can be returned to Ukraine, may not prove to be in good order, which calls into question the expediency of its return, a People's Front faction deputy and a member of the Verkhovna Rada committee on national security and defense, Dmytro Tymchuk, has said.

"We need to study this issue, but I have a big suspicion that there really is nothing to transfer there," Tymchuk told Interfax-Ukraine on Friday.

According to him, armored vehicles of the Ukrainian army, which were left in Crimea after the seizure of the peninsula by Russia, were sent to Donbas by invaders in 2014. Thus, he notes, Russia tried to hide the presence of its troops there.

Tymchuk also noted that armored vehicles that can remain in Crimea at the moment most likely need substantial repairs and will not improve the combat capacity of the Ukrainian army.

"It is important to understand what remained of the equipment and weapons that Russian troops left in Crimea," he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on January 11 that Russia was ready to give back to Ukraine the combat equipment the Ukrainian army and fleet abandoned when leaving the Crimean Peninsula.

However, he added, the Ukrainian military equipment "is in poor condition."

"But it's none of our business. This is the condition it actually was in. And naturally, nobody has ever serviced it all these years," Putin said.

He said that the issue concerned dozens of combat ships and aircraft.

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Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman commenting on the statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin about the possible return of military equipment left in the occupied Crimea to Ukraine, has suggested returning Crimea to Ukraine together with the fleet.

"I have a counter offer for the president of the Russian Federation – I propose returning Crimea together with the fleet. We are ready to accept it in the near future," Groysman said at a briefing at the Hnutove check-point in Donetsk region on Friday.
 

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Secretary of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense, Bloc of Petro Poroshenko MP Ivan Vinnyk, has described as humiliating an offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin to hand over to Ukraine the military hardware that remained in occupied Crimea, and does not believe that this will be followed by some practical steps.

"Putin is in no way going to improve Ukraine's combat capacity... On this basis, there is no need to expect that Putin is ready to transfer something really efficient, combat-ready, what the Ukrainian Armed Forces need today... There will be no consequences from this. This statement in relation to Ukraine, in my opinion, is humiliating. This way he tries to humiliate Ukraine," Vinnyk said live on the 112 Ukraine television channel on Friday.

He also expressed confidence that this statement by Putin had been made "mainly for domestic consumers in the Russian Federation" as part of the election campaign of the head of the Russian state.

The parliamentarian also expects that this proposal will not be followed by any reaction from top-ranking Ukrainian officials.

"I don't think that legally the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will officially react. Deputies have reacted - they have the right to express their position. I personally do not expect any reaction from state leaders," Vinnyk said.

Putin said on January 11 that Russia was ready to give back to Ukraine the combat equipment the Ukrainian army and fleet abandoned when leaving the Crimean Peninsula.

However, he added, the Ukrainian military equipment "is in poor condition."

"But it's none of our business. This is the condition it actually was in. And naturally, nobody has ever serviced it all these years," Putin said.

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First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko is sure that Ukraine will return Crimea and all its property, including ships.

"We'll not sell out Crimea for ships, we will neither surrender nor swap it. Indeed, these are our ships stolen by Putin. They are brought to an awful condition by the invaders, just like the entire Crimea. Everything touched by the 'Russian world' comes to a waste," Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook, commenting on the proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to return the military equipment left in Crimea to Ukraine.

"We will return Crimea and all Ukrainian property there, including ships. And Donbas, too," Gerashchenko said.

As reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready to give back to Ukraine the combat equipment the Ukrainian army and fleet abandoned when leaving the Crimean Peninsula. He said that the Ukrainian military equipment "is in poor condition."

"But it's none of our business. This is the condition it actually was in. And naturally, nobody has ever serviced it all these years," Putin said.

He says about dozens of warships, dozens of aircraft.

"As for the ships, I think it will be better if Ukrainian servicemen just come and take them. We are ready to help transport them to Odesa," Putin said.
 
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