During interrogation in the Obolon district court of Kiev, President Petro Poroshenko told about the trip to the Crimea on 27 February 2014.
As noted, Poroshenko gives evidence via videoconference from the administration of the President.
“I was personally acquainted with the accused Yanukovych had different relations with Yanukovych”, – said Poroshenko.
Responding to a question by the prosecution about what was the purpose of the visit to the territory of Crimea in February 2014 and witness of the events he began, Poroshenko said: “27 February 2014 I was in the office of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov with a proposal to immediately fly to Crimea and to personally hold talks with deputies of the Supreme Council of Crimea in order to stop the destructive process that began with an attempt to make the illegal referendum, to convince the deputies and see for yourself the processes and events that day took place in Simferopol and the Crimea.”
He also said that after talks with Turchynov he asked me to give him instructions to send the people’s Deputy Poroshenko in Crimea and to authorize him on behalf of the Verkhovna Rada of consultations and negotiations on the stabilization and settlement of the political situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
“After receiving this instruction in written form, I immediately went to Simferopol and received information that the Simferopol is blocked,” – said Poroshenko.
Poroshenko argues that the seizure of administrative buildings in Crimea in February 2014 and other illegal actions carried out regular units of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation, and interprets these actions as “aggression and illegal annexation of the sovereign territory of Ukraine”.
“I personally saw the military green – it was members of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation: as part of the black sea fleet, and deployed from 20 February 2014 through the appropriate airports and ports of Ukraine without the authorization of the Ukrainian government”, – said Poroshenko.
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