The lawyer of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Vitaliy Serdyuk found “scapegoats” on which to shift the blame for the “surrender” of the Crimean Peninsula of Russia in 2014. According to him, the final decision on “the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from Crimea without resistance” was adopted at the initiative of the then head of the presidential administration Sergei Pashinsky and former head of the national guard of Ukraine, and nowadays the Minister of defence Stepan Poltorak.
Vitaly Serdyuk. Photo: social networks
As evidence, the lawyer attached to his message in Facebook copy of the interrogation Protocol of former acting defense Minister Igor Tenyukh.
The military made a report about the situation on the Peninsula at the meeting of the national security Council and defense of Ukraine, held on March 23, 2014. Tenyukh, in particular, offered “to go for a breakthrough to the Crimea.”
After that, Pashinsky said that Tenyukh “seeking war” and proposed to listen to the other members of the government. Speaking after his Poltorak, who at that time was the commander of the national guard, offered to withdraw military units from Crimea “held high the banner”. Tenyukh said that “it is better to shoot”, and in this case he is ready to resign immediately.
Serdyuk also published a copy of the statement Tenyukh, in which he recalled the circumstances of other key meetings of the Council, which took place a month earlier, on 28 February 2014.
According to acting Minister of defence of Ukraine, the Ukrainian military “for the defense of the Peninsula” blocked Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who at that time already held a post of the Prime Minister and the leader of the party “Fatherland” Yulia Tymoshenko.
In particular, Tymoshenko said Tenyukh that by deploying troops, it could “provoke Russia” on a full-scale invasion, and that “we need to look not only in Crimea, but throughout Ukraine”. Yatsenyuk supported it, stating that it “will not unleash the third world war”.
Crimea became a Russian region on the basis of a referendum held in 2014. More than 95 percent of the Republic’s residents voted for such a decision, while Kiev continues to call the Peninsula “temporarily occupied territory”.
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