About eight thousand Ukrainian soldiers and officers betrayed their oath by staying at the territory of the occupied Crimea during its annexation by Russia in 2014. Anatoliy Matios, Chief Military Prosecutor, Deputy Prosecutor General said this in an interview to Channel 5.
“More than 8 thousand servicemen didn’t leave the Crimea’s territory and in fact betrayed the oath given to Ukraine. All of them are wanted, presented with suspicion. We made all necessary steps to prevent them from leaving Ukraine, to detain them and hand them to the court”, Matios said.
As is known, Ukrainian troops didn’t resist the Russian army during the annexation of Crimea. Later, Ukrainian army units were withdrawn to the mainland Ukraine.
In March 2014, Russia organized the so-called referendum in Crimea. According to its results, almost 97 percent of voters supported Crimea’s “reintegration” with Russia. Though the poll was considered illegal and was not recognized by the international community, the Russian Parliament ratified the respective agreement. In March 2014, Crimean Federal District was created.