The militarization of the annexed Crimean peninsula by Russia continues and in the following years the number of Russian personnel there can reach 50, 000 people. This was stated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin during the press conference, as Ukrinform agency reports.
"The militarization of the Crimea has reached a certain point, but it will continue to occur - we know that in the coming years there will be almost 50 thousand of Russian personnel," he said.
In addition, the minister reminded that infrastructure for nuclear weapons was prepared on the peninsula.
He stressed that, to a large extent, Russian expansion to Syria and the Middle East is coming from the occupied Crimea.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea was declared a temporarily occupied territory. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. On October 7 2015 Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed the relevant law. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia's actions. The West introduced a series of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice."