The Kremlin has appointed Stepan Gaydarzhiysky the so-called Head of the National Guard in the occupied Crimea. The decree was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Before the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula Colonel Stepan Gaydarzhiysky was the Deputy Head of the Interior Troops of Ukraine at the Crimean Territorial Administration.
In 1985, Gaydarzhiysky graduated from Simferopol Higher Military-Political School, where the Russian National Guard forces are now being stationed.
It was established that Colonel Gaydarzhiysky joined the enemy in April 2014, during the occupation of the Crimean Autonomous Republic by the Russian Federation troops. In particular, he remained in the occupied territory, and volunteered for military service in the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
In February 2015, Gaydarzhiy was awarded the Russian military rank Major General of Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
In February 2016, the Military Prosecutor's Office of Kyiv garrison - on the basis of military counterintelligence of the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) - started criminal proceedings against the Former Deputy Head of the Interior Troops of Ukraine at the Crimean Territorial Administration Colonel Stepan Gaydarzhiysky being a native of the Zaporozhye region and living in Simferopol, reads a statement published on the website of the Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoly Matios.
The process of the illegal annexation of Crimea with the participation of the Russian Armed Forces began two years ago. It was followed by the March 16 illegitimate referendum on the accession of the Crimea to the Russian Federation, which adopted a decision on joining the Crimea to its territory on March 18. The international community has recognized the actions of the Russian Federation as illegal and considers the Crimea a Ukrainian territory.