Around 20 400 Ukrainian military servicemen in Crimea kept their oaths back in 2014. Mykhailo Koval, ex-deputy of Ukraine's Defense Minister, said that during the questioning during today’s court hearing in the frameworks of the Yanukovych’s state treason case. 112 Ukraine TV channel broadcasted this event.
Speaking of the amount of Ukrainian military servicemen who stayed in Crimea, Koval responded:
“Armed forces – 13 458 military servicemen, National Guard, which was dislocated in Crimea – 2 560, State Border Guard Service – 1970 men, Security Service officers – 1614 men, State Guard Administration – 527, State Space Administration - 274 military servicemen”.
First Russian troops entered Crimea on February 20. Russian authorities claim that they started the process of “returning Crimea” a few days later – on February 22, 2014. The Verkhovna Rada declared February 20, 2014 the beginning of Crimea and Sevastopol occupation by Russia.