Ukraine considers variants for its troop withdrawal from Crimea
Ukraine is considering the variants of withdrawing Ukrainian troops from Crimea, UNN agency reported on March 20 citing Deputy Defense Minister Leonid Polyakov.
"The first variant is the demilitarization of the peninsula and the withdrawal of Russia's and Ukraine's troops," he added. "The second one is the evacuation. But this decision will be taken at the National Security and Defense Council."
"Moreover, by signing a contract with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Russia recognized the responsibility for the events in Crimea," he said.
"Therefore, we are solving the problem peacefully," he said. "Rear Admiral, Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Serhiy Hayduk's release is an example of efficiency. There are different variants of actions, but the interests of civilians, servicemen's families must be taken into account. The presence of Ukrainian troops in Crimea plays a stabilizing role."
A referendum on the status of Crimea was held on March 16. More than 96 percent of voters voted for the autonomy joining Russia.
Most world countries issued a statement of non-recognition of the referendum results.
There was a change of power in Ukraine on February 22.
The Verkhovna Rada ousted President Yanukovych, changed the constitution and set the presidential election on May 25. Yanukovych said that he was forced to leave Ukraine under threat of violence. He remains the legally elected president. A number of areas in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Verkhovna Rada and made a decision on holding a referendum on the future situation of regions.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN