Stepan Poltorakov: RIA Novosti
The Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, who was accused of making a final decision on the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the Crimea in 2014, in comments to the TV channel “112 Ukraine” called the words of former acting defense Minister Igor Tenyukh a lie.
According to the Poltorak, Tenyukh was scared and did not understand that what he was talking about. “Because the review is generally inadequate,” he said. Poltorak also questioned the authenticity of the protocols of interrogation Tenyukh, which contains the prosecution of the military commander in the “surrender of the Crimea”.
“At the time of the decision on the withdrawal of military formations of Armed forces from Crimea, I was not even the commander of the National guard. I was appointed on 15 April 2014. A member of the Council of national security and defense Council (NSDC) I became 27 Oct 2014, when I became the Minister of defence. I was not even a member of the national security Council. I don’t know how I could influence the order of withdrawal of troops from Crimea. I have no decision in that regard was not accepted”, — said Poltorak.
Commenting on the decision to withdraw troops from Crimea, Poltorak said: “My conviction was and remains: if the decision was made — our troops should have been withdrawn from Crimea with his head held high on its technology, weapons, battle flags, documents in the archives”.
“Only after the decision was made by the country’s leadership on the withdrawal from the Crimea of all forces, the national guard had executed this order, And I, as acting commander of the national guard. Therefore, it is a pure lie Mr Tenyukh, if he said about it”, — said the head of the defense Ministry of Ukraine.
Earlier, the lawyer of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Vitaliy Serdyuk has published copies of interrogation protocols Tenyukh, which States that Poltorak March 23, 2014 offered “to withdraw military units from the Crimea with a proudly raised the banner”.
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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