Russia started operation to occupy Crimea before Yanukovych’s escape
12:27, — Europa
This follows from the medals awarded to Russian soldiers.
The pictures came up on the internet, gazeta.ua reports.
It can be clearly seen that on the medal “For returning Crimea” the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation indicated the timeframe of the operation: 20.02.2014 – 18.03.2014.
The company ‘Lenta’ that produces state awards in the Russian Federation reported on 2 April of the fast delivery on the order, which was classified as urgent.
“For Russian politicians it is necessary to provide explanations why the official date of the start of the operation “For returning Crimea” is 20 February 2014: does not correspond with the words of the head of the Russian Federation that Russia did not prepare for annexing Crimea and took the decision only after receiving data on the sentiment of the locals after the “overthrow of the legitimate president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych” (22 February); from the point of view of international law the start of the Russia’s operation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on 20 February, when there still was an incumbent president - Viktor Yanukovych”, - the group ‘Typical Kyiv’ on social networks says.
Thus, we may conclude that officially the Kremlin started the annexation of Crimea while Yanukovych still was the president – this is the main conclusion following from the document – the medal “For returning Crimea” with the date of 20 February 2014.
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