Newsweek: Head of Crimea Says ‘Prepare for War’ as Ukraine Seeks to Reclaim Territory 

Sergey Aksyonov, the Russian politician acting as head of the Russian-annexed Crimea since 2014, said that the territory should “prepare for war” against Ukraine. 

According to Russian state-owned news agency Ria Novosti, Aksyonov’s statement was more of a warning than a straight-out declaration of intent. 

“God protects the safe. And I always stand in the position: if you want peace, prepare for war,” Aksyonov said during an interview with Ria Novosti. “Therefore, we’d better be ready. Both the Crimeans and all of Russia will sleep peacefully in this regard,” he added.  

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Update #1: Russian-backed Crimea head says fortifications still under construction (Meduza)

Update #2: Russians say defence line in Crimea is being built “unconventionally” (Ukrayinska Pravda)  

WNU Editor: U.S. support for a Ukraine attack is being taken seriously …. Nuland: US supports Ukraine striking targets in Crimea (Kyiv Independent).