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 Less than 30 percent of Ukrainian military remained loyal to Ukraine after Russian occupation of Crimea, - Turchynov

Of 13,468 soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Crimea, only 3,990 (29.6 percent) have remained loyal to Ukraine and haven't change sides after Russian occupation of the peninsula.

This was announced by the National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov in an interview with Censor.NET.

"I was reported that the Russian Spetsnaz has seized control of the parliament and the Cabinet of Crimea. It occurred on Feb. 27 [2014 - ed.]. We were planning to form a new government. I ordered the units of interior troops stationed in Simferopol to circle and prepare to assault the premises seized by the Russian Spetsnaz. The interior troops managed to circle the building, but dismissed after several hours under pressure of too many pro-Russian Crimean residents. I was reported that they were not able to fulfill the task under given circumstances," Turchynov says.

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After the parliament and Cabinet buildings in Crimea were seized, Russia resorted to open phase of the peninsula occupation.

"Russian cargo planes and ships started to redeploy the best assault units of paratroopers and marines, weapon and hardware. Russian troops seized control of strategic facilities and communications, entrapped military units of the Ukrainian Army in Crimea. The situation was tragic. Military and law enforcers started to change sides in favor of the aggressor," Turchynov said.

Of 13,468 soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Crimea, only 3,990 (29.6 percent) have remained loyal to Ukraine and haven't change sides after Russian occupation of the peninsula, Turchynov said. For other agencies, the percentage was significantly smaller: 0.8 percent for Interior Ministry, 27.7 percent for Border Guard Service, 10.8 percent for SBU, and 3.8 percent for State Security Service, the NSDC secretary said.

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Russia occupied Crimea in March 2014 after holding a fake referendum there covered by Russian military.
 
 
 
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