Escalation / Destabilization Conflict

Defence Ministry Allows Ukrainian Military Use Weapons In Crimea

(20:22, Tuesday, March 18, 2014)

Ukrainian News Agency

The Defence Ministry has allowed Ukrainian military to use weapons in Crimea, reads a statement made by the Ministry press service.

“Since the death of Ukrainian serviceman warrant officer Kakurin S.V. during the assault of the 13th photogrammetric centre of the central military-topographic and navigational department of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Chief Directorate for Operational Support (Simferopol) by attackers dressed in military uniform of the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces, to defend and save lives of Ukrainian servicemen, by decision of the acting Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and acting Defence Minister, on basis of an order by Chief of General Staff / Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, military units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces deployed in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea are allowed to use weapons,” the statement said.

It notes, during the charge on the photogrammetric centre, warrant officer Kakurin was killed by a direct hit in the heart, while he was on the observation tower of the unit’s car park.

Besides, captain Fedun was injured by shots in the neck and arms.

One more Ukrainian serviceman sustained severe head and legs injuries from beating with batons, iron rods and other objects.

The attackers were dressed in military uniform of the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces without distinctive insignia, and armed with automatic firearms and a sniper rifle.

Commanding officer, Colonel Andrii Andriushyn, who was captured during negotiations, is kept in a separate premise and is being forced to side with the Crimean government.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, at about 15:00 unknown armed people, supposedly Russian military and representative of the Crimean “self-defence” attacked the photogrammetric centre.

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