In the Obolonsky Court of Kyiv, during two days, witnesses were interrogated on the case of the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. At the session high-ranking Ukrainian officials at the times of the annexation of the Crimea revealed the unknown facts about the seizure of the Ukrainian peninsula by Russia.
It turned out that Russia had been plotting the annexation of the Crimea since the inauguration of Viktor Yanukovych, and preparation began with personnel cleansing, a reduction in the fleet number, the dissolving of commissariats and the manning of the Navy by contract soldiers from the Crimea. Also, the facts of the incitement of treason moods among the military in the Crimea became known.
Ex-Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Volodymir Zaman stated that information about the Russian troops in the Crimea was received in Kyiv as early as the end of January 2014, but the references were "about the generally tense situation".
During the seizure of the building of the Crimean parliament, police, according to the ex-Head of the SBU Valentin Nalyvaichenko, did not resist Russian troops and voluntarily gave them their weapons. At the same time, the official named the exact number of Russian personnel who participated in the annexation, and said that the mobilization of pro-Russian activists on the peninsula began long before 2014.
During interrogations, the court also learned about new cases of Ukrainian officials traveling to the Crimea during the occupation. The former Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Volodymir Zaman told about the details of such a trip and about the meeting with the "head" of the puppet government of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov.
Details of the fateful meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on March 23, 2014, where a decision was made to remove the Ukrainian military from the Crimea, were disclosed by the lawyer of Viktor Yanukovich. According to the interrogation protocol of former acting Minister of Defense and ex-Commander of the Navy Ihor Tenyukh it became known that he suggested to start a military operation in the Crimea.
At the trial, ex-Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentin Nalyvaychenko said that on February 20, 2014 Ukraine should have introduced a martial law, but for that only the order of the commander-in-chief was required.
The next hearing on the case of Viktor Yanukovych's government will take place on February 14 and, according to the prosecutor, there are 11 witnesses whose names are not yet reported.