The chronology of irregular actions on the part of the Russian Federation
in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
By Dmitry Tymchuk,
Head of the Center for Military-Political Studies (NGO)
In recent days numerous cases of Russian Federation Armed Forces units arrived in violation of international rules and agreements.
For instance, on February 28, at 8.45 a.m. the flight of more than 10 military helicopters was monitored by the technical observation post located on the cape of Takil from the direction of the Russian Federation to Ukraine.
Three helicopters (two KA-27 and one Mi-8) landed at the Kacha airport and passed through the border and customs established procedures according to an application made preliminarily. The rest of the helicopters came down near the airport; herewith, there was no answer received on the border detail chief’s appeal concerning the necessity of passing the established formalities by these helicopters, which arrived without a preliminary made application in violation of relevant agreement.
The chief of the border detail of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine made a statement of Ukrainian border violation by aforementioned helicopters.
On February 28, eight military troop-carrying aircraft IL-76 of the Russian Federation Armed Forces arrived at the airfield “Gvardiyskyi.” Application according the arrival of these aircrafts has not been received from the Russian Federation.
Garrison commander of airfield “Gvardiyskyi” denied border control performing to border detail and denounced that they had no need for services of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and the planes are to land every 15 minutes.
On March 1, the Russian Federation Council unanimously adopted the proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to bring troops into Ukraine.
On March 1, at 9:10 p.m. two large landing ships, “Kaliningrad” and “Minsk,” of the Baltic fleet arrived at the port of Sevastopol.
On March 2, large landing ships, “Olenihorskyy Gorniak” of the Northern Fleet and “George Victorious,” of the Baltic fleet arrived at Sevastopol.
The call of military ships was made in violation of Article 30 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and Sections 14 and 15 of Rules on navigation and stay of foreign warships in the territorial sea, internal waters, on roads and at ports of Ukraine, approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 529 dated May 6, 1996.