Ukraine war must end with liberation of Crimea from Russia, says Zelensky – BBC News

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The war in Ukraine began with Crimea and must end with its liberation from Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.

Ukraine’s president was speaking after a string of explosions hit a Russian airbase there, killing one person.

Mr Zelensky did not mention the blasts but said: “Crimea is Ukrainian and we will never give it up.”

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