Police of Crimea served charges to a man, who was a member of the illegal armed formation volunteer public order patrol Rubizh and participated in the seizure of Khmelnytsky vessel as the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reported.
“On March 19-20, 2014, he participated in besiege and seizure of the HQ of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in Sevastopol city. The suspect also participated in the seizure of the anti-submarine corvette Khmelnytsky, which belongs to the Naval Forces of Ukraine to provide the towing of the vessel by the ship of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation,” the message said.
A man was served charges on the creation of the armed formations not provided by the law or participation in their activity.
The sanction of the criminal article provides the deprivation of liberty ranging from three up to eight years with confiscation of property or without it. The suspect was searched.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea is announced to be temporarily occupied territory.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014, to be the year of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. In October 2015, then-President Petro Poroshenko signed the proper law.
The international organization recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of Russia. The West imposed a number of sanctions against Russia.
Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it “the restoration of the historical justice”.