The decision to withdraw Ukrainian Army from Crimea in 2014 was taken on the initiative of ex-head of the National Guard (current Defense Minister) Stepan Poltorak and ex-head of the Presidential Administration Serhiy Pashynsky. Ex-Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh said this during the questioning, according to the lawyer of Viktor Yanukovych Vitaliy Serdyuk in Facebook.
He also made public the scan copies of the questioning.
“After the seizure of the Navy headquarters, I reported at the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on the situation in Crimea and on the results of Army deployment in Shyrokyi Lan area. I firmly insisted to breakthrough to Crimea. And Serhiy Pashynsky said: “It’s all clear with the minister, he wants war, let’s hear out other members.” Stepan Poltorak took word after me. He was the head of the National Guard. What he literally said was: “I suggest we withdraw our units from the Crimea with our flags proudly raised,” says the published fragments of the protocol.
As it was reported earlier the court session on the case of state treason of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine is rescheduled from February 7. The judges agree with the prosecution that the advocates violate the reasonable terms of the considering of the criminal proceeding.
Also, the former border guards of Yanukovych gave the testimony to the court. Particularly, one of them claimed that former Ukrainian president arrived in Kharkiv Regional State Administration on the night of February 21 to 22, 2014 where Mykhailo Dobkin, then Head of Kharkiv Regional Administration (now he is the MP from Opposition Bloc) met him and provided the transport for the further escape. Another witness claimed that on the evening of February 21, Yanukovych, his family and security guards flew on two helicopters from the Mezhyhirya Residence to Kharkiv. From Kharkiv, they took two Falkon planes and flew in an unknown direction, but were demanded to return to the airfield by Oleksandr Turchynov. The planes landed in Donetsk, and Yanukovych with the guards took the cars to go to Crimea.