Ukrainian admiral accused of high treason takes over Russia’s Baltic fleet
15:29, 30 June 2016

Ukrainian admiral accused of high treason takes over Russia’s Baltic fleet

Sergei Yeliseev is the only high-rank naval officer to be promoted after total clean-up of the fleet’s command

15:29, 30 June 2016

Former admiral of Ukraine’s Navy Sergei Yeliseev took charge of Russia’s Baltic fleet, Ukrainian outlet Fontanka wrote.

Previously, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu fired Vice Admiral, Head of the Staff and 50 more high-ranked officers of the Baltic fleet. It’s been the severest clean-up in the entire history of the Russian Navy, the outlet reports.

Before siding with Russia, Yeliseev served as Deputy Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Navy. When Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, he defected and eventually moved to Russia in July 2014, having changed his deployment. It’s been the first time when a former Ukrainian officer takes up the supreme post in Russia’s Armed Forces.

In Ukraine, Sergei Yeliseev is charged with defection, high treason, infringement on Ukraine’s territorial integrity, collaboration with a terrorist organization and waging aggressive war. On June 29, Prosecutor General’s Office finished the preliminary investigation and sent the court an indictment in Yeliseev’s case.   

Related: Reuters: Russian naval vessel performed dangerous maneuvers near U.S. destroyer

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