Victims of aggression of Russia against Ukraine were about 6.8 thousand peaceful Ukrainians, more than 17 thousand were wounded.
This was announced by the representative of the Main Directorate of the defence intelligence of Ukraine Vadim Skibitsky today, February 22, during a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on national security and defense, UNIAN reports.
«The war of Russian imperialism against Ukraine has led to numerous victims among the civilian population. Killed about 6.8 thousand peaceful Ukrainians, injured more than 17 thousand people,» said Skibitsky.
In addition, he noted that the total number of internally displaced persons amounts to over 2 million people.
Skibitsky also said that Russia’s occupation of Crimea used the troops that during the Olympic games-2014 was in the North Caucasus.
Skibitsky noted that the Russian Federation took advantage of the signing of then President Viktor Yanukovych in 2010, the so-called Kharkiv agreements and has stepped up the upgrading and modernization of Russian troops in Crimea.
«At that time the condition of the black sea fleet of the Russian Federation were inappropriate. And due to this Treaty of the Russian Federation tried to hold fast modernization and updating of the group of Russian troops in the Crimea», — he said and added that it was primarily about ship composition and aviation group.
Along with this, Skibitsky said, has increased the combat capabilities of formations and units of the southern military district of Russia, on the border with Ukraine, Russia has fulfilled the practical application of the armed forces.
Skibitsky noted that the implementation of practical measures for the annexation of Crimea in February-March 2014 was preceded by the Olympic games in Sochi.
«It was during the Olympic games on the territory of the North Caucasus, in the southern military district, has focused a large group of armed forces of the Russian Federation and other power departments of Russia,» he said.
The total number of these law enforcement agencies, said Skibitsky, for that period amounted to 73 thousand people. From them 12 thousand soldiers, the rest are employees of the Ministry of internal Affairs, Federal security service, Ministry of emergency situations and other security agencies.
«In reality, this grouping was later used to conduct the occupation and annexation of Crimea,» said Skibitsky.
Russia invaded and annexed Ukrainian Crimea, violating Ukraine data, in 1994 the guarantee of the sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the beginning of the «hybrid war» against Ukraine at the Donbass, secretly, without a Declaration of war by introducing troops and equipment and covering the occupation of several districts of the two Eastern regions with the help of the puppet separatist organizations.
March 15, 2015 in an interview for the film production of TV channel «Russia» «Crimea. The path to the homeland», the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin first spoke about how in the spring of 2014 gave the orders for the relocation of units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the sovereign territory of Ukraine. In particular, in order to, as he put it, «to disarm and block» the Ukrainian military contingent in the process of occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea they were sent there elite units of the Russian Main intelligence Directorate (GRU).
Earlier media reported that Russia had previously issued a medal «For returning of Crimea» with the date of the invasion on 20 February 2014.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared the beginning of temporary occupation of Crimea on 20 February 2014. Western countries also do not recognize the annexation of Crimea and imposed a series of economic sanctions.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that annexed the Peninsula can be returned only by diplomatic means. «The optimal format to start such a mechanism I consider the format «Geneva plus»: with the participation of our partners from the EU and the United States, and possibly countries-signatories of the Budapest Memorandum». According to political scientist Oleksandr Paliy, the countries of the «plus» can be France and China.
As the coordinator of the action on the blockade of the Crimea Lenur islyamov allow a military scenario of the return of the Peninsula.
For the occupation of the Crimea Russia used troops, which during the Olympics was in the North Caucasus 22.02.2016