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During Annexation Of Crimea Russia Disoriented Ukrainian Militaries With Fake Order From Ukrainian Commandment

During Annexation Of Crimea Russia Disoriented Ukrainian Militaries With Fake Order From Ukrainian Commandment Directing Them To Lay Down Arms

Crimea, Russia, annexation, Ministry of Defense, Ihor Voronchenko

Commander of the Ukrainian Naval Forces Ihor Voronchenko has stated that at the beginning of Russian incursion into Crimea Russia disseminated among the Ukrainian military a fake order ostensibly from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine directing them to lay down arms.

Voronchenko said this as he was testifying as a witness under the high treason case against former President Viktor Yanukovych, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"On March 12, 2014 I received a courier package from then Acting Minister of Defense of Ukraine Ihor Teniukh that contained an order to lay down arms," Voronchenko said.

At the same time, Voronchenko recalled, he felt suspicious about the signature of the acting minister and a seal imprinted on the package.

In particular, Voronchenko testified that the seal had said the Secretariat of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine which is not the type of seal used in Ukraine.

That prompted Voronchenko to call Teniukh directly who said that he had not given any order to lay down arms.

Voronchenko also testified that later Russian forces broke all communication cables in the area of Hvardiske (Simferopol region, Crimea) which limited communication with Kyiv only to cell phone connection.

Voronchenko said that in March 2014 he was taken hostage by Russian militaries and kept hostage for four days.

During this time, Russian general Igor Turcheniuk, Deputy Commander of the South Military District of the Russian Armed Forces, tried to convince Voronchenko to defect.

After their attempt to sway him to their side failed they took the military unit by storm.

Voronchenko also stated that all information about preparation to the annexation of Crimea by Russian military had been properly communicated to former senior commandment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: Yurii Ilyin, Dmytro Shakuro and Serhii Yeliseyev but they failed to take any action.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on Wednesday, the Obolonskyi District Court of Kyiv started taking witness statements from Voronchenko under the Yanukovych high treason case.

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