Could it be right to say that Russia does not want to annex parts of the Ukraine?
In Germany, the high-ranking Navy officer Schönbach had to leave his position. Among other things, he had said that the Crimea will not come back (which accepts the annexation of Ukrainian territory) and after this, he said that it was nonsense to say that Russia wanted to annex parts of Ukrainian territory.
This question is not about judging upon this logically. I am just curious. How could this be historically or politically right?