The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed documents with information about orders of the leaders of the country and the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the invasion of Russia in Crimea in February-March 2014. These documents were destroyed in 2016-2017, as Hordon reported citing ex-head of the General Staff Volodymyr Zamana.
“Any military man who was in Crimea, any military man at the General Staff knows about the orders (to resist the occupants, - 112.international). We filed a request to the Defense Ministry and got the response that the intelligence information about the violation of the air space of Crimea, use of the armed forces of Ukraine, order (of then acting president) Oleksandr Turchynov about the use of the Armed Forces is absent. The response is the following: all these materials were destroyed in 2016-2017. We received such a response from the Defense Ministry,” Volodymyr Zaman said.
He added that the Defense Minister had no right to take such a responsibility and destroy the documents. Zamana believes that such an order was provided by the leadership of the country to conceal its inaction.
Ex-head of the General Staff also stated that he obtains information about the written order of Turchynov about the use of the weapon against the Russian occupants in Crimea in 2014. However, such information is absent at the General Staff.
Zamana stated that the document that he received shows that the acting president of Ukraine in 2014 did not fulfill their responsibilities.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, invading the Ukrainian peninsula and holding the illegal referendum; based on its trumped-up results, the Russian Parliament decided to approve the "reunification" of Crimea with mainland Russia. Ukraine, in turn, defined February 20, 2014, as the beginning of the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. Western governments and organizations NGOs do not recognize the act of annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.