State Prosecutor accuses Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander of sabotage

Alexander Vitko urged Ukrainian troops to break the military oath and surrender weapons; he faces from three to fifteen years in prison, reported the press service of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

“On the territory of Crimea and in Sevastopol in the period from February 28 to March 4, military officials of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headed by the Commander, Vice Admiral Alexander Vitko using pressure, bribery and threats appealed to soldiers of military units and institutions of the Armed Forces and other military units of Ukraine to perform actions to the detriment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, inviolability and defence status of Ukraine. Said persons required to break the military oath, to neglect military regulations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and to transfer them the weapons and assets,” said the Prosecutor's Office.

They added that, in order to weaken the Ukrainian state and on the orders of Alexander Vitko, troops of Russia’s Army used equipment and firearms to make shots, explosions, arson of buildings, destroyed communication units, control centres, military and public property of serious defence value.

“The committed crimes are incitement to treason and organisation of sabotage. Information about the criminal offences has been included in the Unified Register of pre-trial investigations. These crimes are punishable by imprisonment of three to fifteen years,” stressed the Prosecutor’s Office.

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