15:02 12.01.2018

Kyiv addressing issue of possible return of Ukrainian military hardware left in Crimea

Kyiv addressing issue of possible return of Ukrainian military hardware left in Crimea

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is considering a response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement about the possible return of military hardware abandoned in Crimea to Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa told the television channel 112.Ukraine on Friday.

"The issue has many aspects," the TV channel's website cited Betsa as saying.

As reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready to give back to Ukraine the combat equipment the Ukrainian army and fleet abandoned when leaving the Crimean Peninsula. He said that the Ukrainian military equipment "is in poor condition."

"But it's none of our business. This is the condition it actually was in. And naturally, nobody has ever serviced it all these years," Putin said.

He says about dozens of warships, dozens of aircraft.

"As for the ships, I think it will be better if Ukrainian servicemen just come and take them. We are ready to help transport them to Odesa," Putin said.

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