The decision to Annex Crimea, Vladimir Putin took alone, says the former Deputy of the state Duma of the Russian Federation.
The decision to Annex Crimea was made personally by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in the night of 22 to 23 February 2014.
This was at the court session on the case of ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said the former Deputy of the state Duma Ilya Ponomarev.
“This is the level of participants of this meeting that the decision about the annexation of the Crimea was made in the night from 22 to 23 February at the initiative of President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
One of the scenarios assumed some aggravation in the Crimea, on the situation of deterioration to choose the candidate who would like the Kremlin. But it was not the plan of an armed intervention. The plan to capture the individual parts of the territory, as I understand it, was very emotional,” – said Ilya Ponomarev.
Ex-Deputy of the state Duma of the Russian Federation also said in his testimony that during the deployment of the conflict in the Donbas separatists financed by the son of the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych Alexander.