Prosecution planned for 8,000 Ukrainian soldiers who stayed in Crimea

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Svezhie Novosti

Translated from Russian by Tom Winter

News of Ukraine today, January 26, 2016. 

Ukrainian authorities have stated that more than 8000 military service personnel have been declared on the wanted list. It is reported that the soldiers went over to side of Russia at the time of the so-called Crimean spring. This was stated by the Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoly Matios. The former Ukrainian servicemen are now wanted, and criminal proceedings have been instituted.

According to Matios, all soldiers declared wanted served in the Ukrainian military units that were located on the peninsula of Crimea, and after Crimea went to Russia, did not return to Ukrainian territory.

The number of Ukrainian soldiers, who betrayed their Ukrainian oath and did not leave the territory of Crimea after the unification with Russia, is huge, more than 8,000 people. All of them are now on the wanted list. Measures against them have already been adopted; if in the near future they cross the Ukrainian border, they will be turned over to the courts.

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