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SBU Ex-Chairperson Nalyvaichenko: Yanukovych Starts Operation To Surrender Crimea To Russian In Early 2010

SBU Ex-Chairperson Nalyvaichenko: Yanukovych Starts Operation To Surrender Crimea To Russian In Early 2010

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Former chairperson of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko has stated that former president Viktor Yanukovych started an operation to surrender Crimea to the Russian Federation in early 2010.

Nalyvaichenko said this while testifying at the Obolonskyi District Court of Kyiv as a witness under the high treason case against Yanukovych, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

Nalyvaichenko said that in 2009 he terminated an agreement that allowed Russian special service (FSB) operatives legally staying in Crimea.

Yet, when Yanukovych came to power in 2010 he renewed the agreement and Russian special operatives started to prepare in the peninsula to the occupation.

Nalyvaichenko also testified that Yanukovych, acting knowingly and on purpose, appointed agents of the Russian special services to management positions in the Ukrainian special services, and that in December 2014 - January 2014 he authorized the arrival and activity in Ukraine of three groups of FSB operatives in Ukraine.

"He surrendered Crimea and Ukraine knowingly. And I do not think he was under direct pressure from Russia to do this," Nalyvaichenko stated.

Nalyvaichenko also testified that in the period of February 22 - 24, 2014, Yanukovych, then head of the SBU Oleksandr Yakymenko and his deputy Volodymyr Totskyi went to Crimea from where they were transferred to Russia by Russian militaries.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on December 7, 2010, the Obolonskyi District Court of Kyiv decided it would take statements from witnesses on behalf of the prosecution: President Petro Poroshenko, Chairperson of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov, Minister of the Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy and other high ranking state officials.

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