Local authorities got ready to give up Crimea to Russia in 2013, - Crimean Tatar leader

17:51, 25 January 2018

The government of Crimea was ready to give up the peninsula to Russia back in 2013. Refat Chubarov, the head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people said that during the hearing at Obolon district court in Kyiv.

The politician testified in the case of state treason committed by ex-president Viktor Yanukovych. According to him, the Crimean government opposed the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine.

In November 2013, the officials created the so-called self-defense squads across the peninsula. Three months later, masked gunmen captured the building of the government in Crimea, which is considered the beginning of Crimea’s occupation.