Russia occupied the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson early on in its invasion. Now, Kyiv's counteroffensive is trying to recapture the strategically important area.
Speaking at the Crimea Platform conference, Ukraine's president has said Kyiv will use any means it deems fit to recapture the peninsula. He also pledged a strong response to any Russian attacks on Independence Day.
Ukraine says it wants to push Russia out of all of its territory — including Crimea, which was illegally annexed by Moscow in 2014. But is this a realistic goal for Kyiv?
Footage circulating on social media shows black smoke rising in the area of a Russian military air base in Crimea. Meanwhile, Russian oil transit has been reportedly halted to three EU countries.
23 Nov 2021
The US embassy said it was "deeply concerned" that Bulgaria's reelected president said Crimea was "currently Russian." In a statement, the embassy said the EU and NATO "have all been clear" that "Crimea is Ukraine."
2 May 2021
The withdrawal will ease immediate fears that Russia was planning to further stoke tensions in Ukraine. Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 after a referendum that was denounced as illegal by the UN; the EU and the US.