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Ukrainian forces ‘could be in Crimea by end of December’, says minister

Ukrainian forces could be in Crimea by the end of December, the country’s deputy defence minister, Volodymyr Havrylov, has said.

In an interview with Sky News, Havrylov said the entire war with Russia could be over by the spring, and said Ukrainian troops would continue to fight through the winter despite harsh conditions and freezing temperatures.

Asked if the recent recapture of Kherson city made other goals feel more likely, such as retaking Crimea, Havrylov said:

It’s only a matter of time and, of course, we would like to make it sooner than later.

An unexpected event inside Russia, such as the sudden collapse of Putin’s regime, could enable Ukraine to take back Crimea by the end of the year, he said.

I think Russia can face a black swan in their country, inside Russia and it can contribute to the success of us with Crimea.

Ukrainian troops could “step in Crimea” by the end of December, he said,…

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This article was written by Miranda Bryant (now); Léonie Chao-Fong and Adam Fulton (earlier) and originally published on www.theguardian.com