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 “We were unable to prevent annexation of Crimea due to Kharkiv agreements,” – Ukraine’s Interior Minister

The Ukrainian Army could not employ force during occupation of Crimea by the Russian troops.

This was announced by Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov on air of 1+1 TV channel, Censor.NET reports citing RBC-Ukraine.

"We could do nothing when the planes were landing at airfields in Crimea as Yanukovych had signed the Kharkiv agreements," the minister said.

According to him, the Ukrainian authorities were considering the issue of sending Ukrainian troops in Crimea at that time.

"The deployment of about 5,000 servicemen was discussed then. But if we sent those troops there, the mainland would remain without capable army. And there were about 200,000 enemy soldiers along the border at that time," he said.

"If the Crimean situation (annexation) would take place today, we now have enough means to nip this situation very quickly... I believe that we will never incur such losses again," Avakov said.

According to the minister, there are battalions of the National Guard light infantry and volunteer detachments capable to efficiently neutralize such threats at the moment.

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