Ukrainian military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said the recent attack on Russia in Crimea was an early call for a serious operation to be launched on the peninsula.

Quoted from74k, in the past year there has been an increase in the frequency of Ukrainian attacks in Crimea. One of the most famous attacks on the Putin navy in the region occurred on March 5 when a squadron of Ukrainian Magura V5 marine drones destroyed a $65 million Sergey Kotov patrol boat.

In an hour-long documentary, War for the Sea: From the Dnipro to Crimea, which was broadcast on Ukrainian TV, Budanov discussed the attack on the Russian armed forces as the basis for a larger mission.

"This is all preparation for serious operations in Crimea," he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said one of his goals in the conflict was to retake Crimea and four other regions that Putin annexed in September 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded and annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Since his invasion of Ukraine which began in February 2022, the peninsula has been the subject of key talks.

Crimea not only has symbolic value, but is also strategically important because it functions as a Russian logistics center for its troops in southern Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Putin insists that Crimea belongs to Russia, and Kremlin officials have repeatedly stated that the return of the region to Ukraine will not be included in possible peace negotiations.

The war in Ukraine has sparked the deepest crisis in Russia's relations with the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. President Vladimir Putin has warned that the West is at risk of triggering a nuclear war if they send troops to war in Ukraine.

President Putin considers his decision to send tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine in February 2022 as a special military operation, designed to secure Russia's security against increasingly hostile and US-backed Ukrainian leadership.

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