The operation on taking over Crimea began in December 2013. 10,500 Russian servicemen participated in it, reads the verdict of Kyiv Svyatoshynsky District Court for Oleg Belaventsev, Russian President Representative to annexed Crimea.
The judge Serhiy Dyachuk announced the verdict on March 18. The document was published in the Unified Registry of court decisions on March 21.
“In total, within the period from February 20 till March 16, 2014 some 10,500 Russian servicemen were illegally transported from Russia to Crimea through “Kerch Strait ferry line” by railways, water and air transport,” the court’s verdict says.
The document reads that there were ten tanks, eight missile launchers, 80 tools, 25 self-propelled field artillery, 80 air defence systems, 16 front-line bombers and some 640 trucks.
As it was reported, military equipment and uniform did not have any marking plates, which pointed to their belonging to Russia.
The court noted that many pro-Russian movies are posted on the Internet, which have records of damaged military equipment, airfield equipment, blockage of Ukrainian Navy vessels.
Kyiv District Svyatoshynsky Court sentenced Russian citizen Oleg Belaventsev to 13 years of imprisonment. He is accused of violating the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, incitement to state treason and aggressive war against Ukraine.