Zelenskys troops set to recapture Crimea – Putin fails to stop attack

Ukraine’s border guards send message to mobilised Russians

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Ukraine could take back the annexed region of Crimea, if it continues to recapture land at its current rate, senior US military officials have said. Western officials had previously considered Ukraine taking Crimea by force impossible but that has changed since Vladimir Putin acknowledged battle setbacks for the first time and Ukraine undertook a successful counter-offensive to recapture some areas of Luhansk. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, and would likely see any attempt to recapture it as a major escalation of the war. 

One US official told The Telegraph: “It is clear that Russia no longer has the ability or willpower to defend key positions, and if the Ukrainians succeed in their goal of recapturing Kherson, then there is a very real possibility that it will ultimately be able to recapture Crimea.”

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