17. März 2015

Putin in film on Crimea: US masterminds behind Ukraine coup, helped train radicals

The Ukrainian armed coup was organized from Washington, 
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in an interview for a 
new documentary aired Sunday. The Americans tried to hide 
behind the Europeans, but Moscow saw through the trick, 
he added. 

“The trick of the situation was that outwardly the [Ukrainian] 
opposition was supported mostly by the Europeans. But we 
knew for sure that the real masterminds were our American 
friends,”Putin said in a documentary, 'Crimea - The Way 
Home,' aired by Rossiya 1 news channel. 

“They helped training the nationalists, their armed groups, 
in Western Ukraine, in Poland and to some extent in 
Lithuania,” he added. “They facilitated the armed coup.” 
The West spared no effort to prevent Crimea’s reunification 
with Russia, “by any means, in any format and under any 
scheme," he noted.
Putin said this approach was far from being the best 
dealing with any country, and a post-Soviet country like 
Ukraine specifically. Such countries have a short record of 
living under a new political system and remain fragile. 
Violating constitutional order in such a country inevitably 
deal a lot of damage to its statehood, the president said. 

“The law was thrown away and crashed. And the 
consequences were grave indeed. Part of the country 
agreed to it, while another part wouldn’t accept it. 
The country was shattered,” Putin explained. He also 
accused the beneficiaries of the coup of planning an 
assassination of then-President Viktor Yanukovich. 
Russia was prepared to act to ensure his escape, 
Putin said. 
“I invited the heads of our special services, the 
Defense Ministry and ordered them to protect the 
life of the Ukrainian president. Otherwise he would 
have been killed,” he said, adding that at 
one point Russian signal intelligence, which was 
tracking the president’s motorcade route, realized 
that he was about to be ambushed.
Yanukovich himself didn’t want to leave and rejected 
the offer to be evacuated from Donetsk, Putin said. 
Only after spending several days in Crimea and realizing 
that “there was no one he could negotiate with in Kiev” 
he asked to be taken to Russia.

The Russian president personally ordered preparation of the 
Crimean special operation the morning after Yanukovich fled, 
saying that “we cannot let the [Crimean] people be pushed 
under the steamroller of the nationalists.” 
“I [gave them] their tasks, told them what to do and how 
we must do it, and stressed that we would only do it if we 
were absolutely sure that this is what the people living in 
Crimea want us to do,” Putin said. He added that an 
emergency public opinion poll indicated that at least 
75 percent of the people wanted to join Russia. 

“Our goal was not to take Crimea by annexing it. 
Our final goal was to allow the people express their 
wishes on how they want to live,” he said. 
“I decided for myself: what the people want will happen. 
If they want greater autonomy with some extra rights 
within Ukraine, so be it. If they decide otherwise, we 
cannot fail them. You know the results of the referendum. 
We did what we had to do,” Putin said.
READ MORE: 95.7% of Crimeans in referendum 
voted to join Russia - preliminary results 
He added that his personal involvement helped expedite 
things, because the people carrying out his decision had 
no reason to hesitate.
According to Putin, part of the operation was to deploy 
K-300P Bastion coastal defense missiles to demonstrate 
Russia’s willingness to protect the peninsula from military 
“We deployed them in a way that made 
them seen clearly from space,” Putin said.

The president assured that the Russian military 
were prepared for any developments and would 
have armed nuclear weapons if necessary. He 
personally was not sure that Western nations 
would not use military force against Russia, he added.

In order to demilitarize the Ukrainian troops based in 
Crimea, Russia sent the army's Main Intelligence 
Directorate (GRU) forces, the president said. 
“A specific set of personnel was needed to block and 
demilitarize 20,000 people, who were well-armed. 
Not only in quantity, but in quality,” Putin said, 
adding that he gave orders to the Defense Ministry 
to “deploy the special forces of the GRU, together 
with marine forces and paratroopers.” 

However, according to Putin, the number of Russian 
forces did not exceed the limit of 20,000 authorized 
under the agreement on basing the Russian Black 
Sea Fleet at its military base in Crimea. 

“As we didn’t exceed the number of personnel on our 
base in Crimea, strictly speaking, nothing was violated,” 
he said. The Russian president added that the move to 
send additional Russian troops to secure Crimea and 
allow a referendum to be freely held there prevented 
major bloodshed on the peninsula. 

“Considering the ethnic composition of the Crimean 
population, the violence there would have been worse 
[than in Kiev]. We had to act to prevent negative 
development, not to allow tragedies like the one that 
happened in Odessa, where dozens of people were 
burned alive,” Putin said.

He acknowledged that there were some Crimean people, 
particularly members of the Crimean Tatar minority, who 
opposed the Russian operation. 
“Some of the Crimean Tatars were under the influence 
of their leaders, some of whom are so to speak 
‘professional’ fighters for the rights of the Tatars,” 
he explained.

But at the same time the “Crimean militia worked together 
with the Tatars. And there were Tatars among the militia 
members,” he stressed. The Crimean people voted in a 
referendum to join Russia after rejecting a coup-imposed 
government that took power in Kiev in February 2014. 
The move sparked a major international controversy, 
as the new government’s foreign backers accused 
Russia of annexing the peninsula through military force.

Moscow insists that the move was a legitimate act
of self-determination and that the Russian troops 
acted only to provide security and not as an occupying 

Russian officials cite the example of Kiev’s military 
crackdown on the dissenting eastern Donetsk and 
Lugansk regions, which claimed more than 6,000 
lives since April 2014, as an example of bloodshed 
that Russia acted to prevent in Crimea. 

Source: http://rt.com/news/240921-us-masterminds-ukraine-putin/

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