First President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk believes that Ukraine was unable to stop the annexation of Crimea, which had been prepared by the Kremlin for years.
“I think Ukraine was bound to lose Crimea, because Russia had been conducting preparations for the annexation of Crimea for a long time. It was impossible to shield Crimea, when Ukraine was plunged into anarchy, having weak position both in the centre and in the regions. It is another thing that at least it had to be tried to. On the contrary, those who put the left cheek once being beaten on the right were called heroes,” said Kravchuk in an interview to one of the Ukrainian television channels.
According to Kravchuk, he wouldn’t let the “green men” to land on the peninsula. Their appearance in Crimea had to be avoided at every possible and impossible way.
The Crimean peninsula was invaded by troops without insignia shifted from the Mainland Russia and Russia’s Crimean Black Sea Fleet bases at the end of February-the beginning of March 2014.
On March 16, 2014 the so-called “referendum” on the status of the peninsula was organized and held by Russian authorities in Crimea and Sevastopol. Due to the results of the “referendum”, Russia annexed Crimea.