Sunday, March 2, 2014

Crimean Authorities Confirm Takeover of Military Units

SIMFEROPOL, March 2 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s autonomous region of Crimea confirmed Sunday that the majority of Ukrainian military units stationed on the Crimean peninsula have expressed their support of legitimately elected Pro-Russian authorities.

Earlier reports by Russian media about peaceful takeover of the military units by forces loyal to the Crimean government were denied by the Ukrainian defense ministry.

However, Crimean authorities said that most of the Ukrainian units sided on Sunday with pro-Russian forces “without a single shot fired,” and warned the commanders of a few units that remain loyal to Kiev that they would face criminal action if refused to surrender.

“I would like to warn commanders who force their subordinates to commit illegal actions that they will be punished according to existing laws,” Crimea’s Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov said in a statement.

The Crimean government said earlier that some 10 warships from the Ukrainian navy left their naval base in Sevastopol apparently on orders from Kiev............

  • Commander of the Ukrainian Naval Forces Denis Berezovsky said Sunday that swore allegiance to the Crimean people.

"I, Denis Berezovsky, swear allegiance to the people of Crimea and undertake to protect them, as required by statute," Berezovsky said at a press conference in Sevastopol.

Voice of Russia, RIA


  1. Ukraine launches treason case against Navy chief who surrendered...

    Ukraine launched a treason case on Sunday against the head of the navy, who surrendered his headquarters on Sunday in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on only his second day on the job.

    Denis Berezovsky was shown on Russian television swearing allegiance to the pro-Russian regional leaders of Crimea. Russian forces have seized the Black Sea peninsula and told Ukrainian forces there to give up their weapons.

    "During the blockade by Russian forces of the central headquarters of the navy, he declined to offer resistance and laid down his weapons," said Viktoria Syumar, deputy secretary of Ukraine's Security Council.

    "The prosecutor's office has opened a criminal case against Denis Berezovsky under statute 111: state treason," she said. Another admiral, Serhiy Hayduk, was placed in charge of the navy........

    1. Le chef de la marine ukrainienne prête allégeance aux pro-russes de Crimée...

      Le commandant en chef de la marine ukrainienne, l'amiral Denis Berezovski, a annoncé dimanche qu'il prêtait allégeance aux autorités pro-russes de Crimée. Il avait été nommé vendredi par le président par intérim Olexandre Tourtchinov.......

    2. Marine-Chef der Ukraine läuft über....

      Der Chef der ukrainischen Marine sagt der prorussischen Regionalregierung auf der Halbinsel Krim seine Gefolgschaft zugesagt. Dies gibt Admiral Denis Beresowski persönlich auf einer Pressekonferenz im Hauptquartier der russischen Schwarzmeerflotte auf der Krim bekannt.

      Er war erst am Freitag vom neuen ukrainischen Übergangs-Präsidenten Alexander Turtschinow zum Kommandeur der Marine ernannt worden.........

  2. Η μεταβατική κυβέρνηση της Ουκρανίας ανακοίνωσε ότι ασκεί διαδικασία δίωξης για εσχάτη προδοσία εναντίον του επικεφαλής του πολεμικού ναυτικού της χώρας, κατηγορώντας τον ότι παρέδωσε το αρχηγείο του, στην Σεβαστούπολη της Κριμαίας. H σημερινή ήταν η δεύτερη ημέρα άσκησης των καθηκόντων του......

    Νωρίτερα, όπως σας έχουμε ενημερώσει, ο ναύαρχος Ντένις Μπερεζόφσκι εμφανίστηκε στη ρωσική τηλεόραση να δηλώνει πίστη στη φιλορωσική κυβέρνηση της Κριμαίας.

    «Κατά την διάρκεια του αποκλεισμού από ρωσικές δυνάμεις του κεντρικού αρχηγείου του ναυτικού», ο ναύαρχος Μπερεζόφσκι «αρνήθηκε να αντισταθεί και παρέδωσε τα όπλα του», δήλωσε η Βικτόρια Σιουμάρ, αναπληρώτρια γραμματέας του Συμβουλίου Εθνικής Ασφαλείας της Ουκρανίας. «Η εισαγγελία κίνησε μια ποινική δίωξη εναντίον του Ντένις Μπερεζόφσκι βάσει του άρθρου 111: εσχάτη προδοσία», πρόσθεσε η ίδια.

    Ο Σεργκέι Γκαϊντούκ τοποθετήθηκε επικεφαλής του γενικού επιτελείου ναυτικού της Ουκρανίας. - See more at:

  3. Crimean PM announces creation of regional Navy...

    Admiral Denis Berezovsky, appointed as head of Ukraine's Navy forces just two days ago, has sworn allegiance to the people of Crimea. Taking his oath, regional Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov announced creating Crimea's Navy............

  4. Soldiers of Ukrainian army garrisons stationed in Crimea come over to autonomy's side...

    A huge of number of soldiers from Ukrainian garrisons blocked by Crimean self-defense forces in the north Crimean town of Feodosiya and the village of Perekopskoye near Simferopol have been coming over to the side of the Crimean autonomy, Crimea’s First Vice-Premier Rustam Temirgaliyev said on Monday.

    Temirgaliyev noted that similar processes had been underway in the Feodosiya, Simferopol and Perevalinsky garrisons where a considerable number of servicemen had wished to join the self-defense forces on Monday.

    “At present, servicemen have been quitting the Ukrainian army in huge amounts. Dozens of soldiers are ready to be sworn in to the loyalty of the people of Crimea. Today, we are welcoming the soldiers who are leaving the Ukrainian army. We are offering them to join Crimea’s people’s self-defense units instead,” Rustam Temirgaliyev went on to say.

    Temirgaliyev, however, has described the situation in Crimea as generally calm. No armed conflicts have been registered in the autonomy’s territory, he said....................


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