Ukraine Ex Army Chief: “Russian Occupation Of Crimea Was Spontaneous”

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Ukraine Ex Army Chief: “Russian Occupation Of Crimea Was Spontaneous”
By United Nations Cartographic Section; Alex Khristov. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This is an exclusive testimony of the Ukraine ex-commander of the armed forces and chief of the General Staff Volodymyr Zamana. Interviewed by a Ukrainian journalist Natalia Dvali.

Colonel General Volodymyr Zamana was the Ukrainian commander of the armed forces and chief of the General Staff under the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych for two full years. On February 19, 2014 he was fired, as he claims, for the refusal to bring troops into Kyiv for Maidan clean-up. According to him, after Yanukovych had fled and new people came to power, he nearly became the head of the Ministry of Defense. But just before voting for his candidacy, some incriminating evidence against him appeared in Ukraine’s parliament. The evidence alleged that Volodymyr Zamana is a bribe-taker. The Colonel General claims that this controversial info about him was cooked up a year ago when Zamana spearheaded the search operation of an illegal Russian surveillance buoy in the Black Sea. From February to March 2014, he was authorized by Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) to manage the Ministry of Defense. Zamana is transferred to the Army Reserve.

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