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Reintegration Minister urges Ukrainians to leave Crimea until liberation

by The Kyiv Independent news desk September 23, 2023 7:48 PM 1 min read
A general view of the Crimean Bridge which connects Russian-occupied Crimea and Russia's Krasnodar region on July 25, 2023. (Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Reintegration Minister Iryna Vereshchuk urged Ukrainians to leave Russian-occupied Crimea until it is liberated from Russian occupation.

“I once again urge Ukrainians, if possible, to leave Crimea. It is advisable to wait for the peninsula's liberation, (for it to be) in Ukraine-controlled territory, or (in that of) third countries,” she said in a Telegram post on Sept. 23.

It is unclear how many Ukrainians live under Russian occupation in Crimea.

The announcement follows several attacks on Crimea. The Ukrainian military has claimed responsibility for some of those attacks.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported on Sept. 22 that a Ukrainian missile strike on Sevastopol in Russian-occupied Crimea damaged the Russian Black Fleet's headquarters.

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