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Naval Commander Voronchenko: February 27, 2014 Ukrainian Military Prepared To Shoot From 2 Tanks At Supreme Co

Naval Commander Voronchenko: February 27, 2014 Ukrainian Military Prepared To Shoot From 2 Tanks At Supreme Council Of Crimea

Crimea, Russia, annexation, tanks, Ihor Voronchenko

Commander of the Ukrainian Naval Forces Ihor Voronchenko has stated that Ukrainian military on February 27, 2014 were prepared to open fire from two tanks on the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea to prevent the Russian annexation of the peninsula.

Voronchenko said this in his witness statements under the high treason case against former President Viktor Yanukovych, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

Voronchenko, who then occupied a post of a deputy commander of the Coastal Guard Forces, said that on February 27, 2014, he presented a plan on the use of tanks to retake the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea from the invaders.

Voronchenko also testified that Alfa special task force of the Security Service of Ukraine was ready to join operations on retaking the buildings already captured by Russian forces in Crimea.

He further testified that such operations to repel the Russian military aggression could have been successfully carried out only on February 27, 2014 because any later the Ukrainian forces were considerably outnumbered by the Russian occupants.

"On February 27, there was no such order (on the use of weapon against Russian military). The order was given only on March 8," Voronchenko stated.

He also stressed that during the entire annexation of Crimea by Russian military, from the Ukrainian commandment there was not a single order on the use of weapon given in a written form.

At approximately 11:55 a.m. the court completed taking witness statements from the Ukrainian Naval Commander and adjourned for one hour.

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.

The commander 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.

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