MOSCOW, 12 APR — RIA Novosti. Ukraine could not keep the Crimea in its composition in 2014, because it did not have an efficient army. This was stated in interview to the edition “Gordon” the Secretary of the national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, performed in the spring of 2014 the acting President of the country.
“You know, I would have broken the army of Putin near Simferopol or Yalta, but it was necessary to have an efficient army. Unfortunately, it we did not exist”, — said Turchinov.
According to him, the rejection of military action in the Crimea has avoided bloodshed and a full-scale war, since, according to Turchynov, on the border with Ukraine this time was the 200-strong group of Russian troops.
“Retreat practically nowhere, there is a completely isolated territory. Therefore, I believe that could be a very different scenario is tragic for the country, which would have ended not only the loss of soldiers and officers, not betrayed Ukraine, and the introduction of troops in mainland Ukraine”, — said the Turchynov, assuming that a result, Ukraine would be deprived of the independence, or at least the Eastern and southern parts of the country.
Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which the majority of residents voted for joining Russia. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014, when came to power politics, nationalist solidarity with, including Russophobic forces. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian foreign Ministry has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia, respecting and accepting this choice, and this decision is a reality to be reckoned with.