Stepan Poltorakov: RIA Novosti
The final decision on the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the Crimea in 2014 took the former head of the presidential administration of Ukraine Serhiy Pashinsky and the former head of the National guard of the country Stepan Poltorak, now occupying the post of Minister of defense. About this in his Facebook said Vitaly Serdyuk, the lawyer of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
In the message Serdyuk brought copies of the minutes of the interrogation of Igor Tenyukh, who in February-March 2014 he held the post of acting defense Minister of Ukraine. They said that Tenyukh at the meeting of the Council of national security and defense Council (NSDC) on 23 March 2014, proposed to organize a breakthrough to the Crimea and reported on the deployment of the Armed forces of Ukraine in the Nikolaev area.
Then Pashinsky said that Tenyukh “seeking war” and proposed to listen to the other members of the government. Speaking after his Poltorak suggested “to withdraw military units from the Crimea with a proudly raised the banner”. Tenyukh said that in that case he had better resign.
Also Serdyuk has published copies of the testimony Tenyukh, in which he recalled the meeting of the Council held on 28 February. According to him, against the deployment of troops was made by the leader of the party “Batkivshchyna” Yulia Tymoshenko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the day before appointed by the Prime Minister of the country. Tymoshenko said Tenyukh that it might provoke Russia to attack, and suggested he think about the Crimea and Ukraine. Yatsenyuk supported it, stating that it “will not unleash the third world war”. The proposal to send to the Crimea the government of the mission, which was to resolve the situation on the Peninsula, was also rejected.
In March 2014 in the Crimea held a referendum in which over 90 percent of voters supported its reunification with Russia. In the same month, the relevant law was signed by Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Most Western Nations do not recognize Crimea as part of Russia and consider the results of the referendum illegal. Moscow insists that the Peninsula became part of Russia legally.
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