Russian president Vladimir Putin told details of the preparation to operation on annexation of Crimea. According to him, the preparation began on the night of February 23, 2014 when president Yanukovich fled Ukraine.
‘I invited heads of our special services, Defense Ministry to the Kremlin and set them a task to save life of Ukrainian president (Yanukovich), they would just destroy him’, – says Vladimir Putin in announcement of the film ‘Crimea. The way home’ made by channel ‘Russia-1’.
‘There were installed heavy machine guns in order not to talk long. We prepared to take him away from Donetsk on land, by sea and by air. This was the night from February 22 to 23, we finished at about 7 a.m. and when saying goodbye I said to my colleagues: we have to start work on returning Crimea to Russia’.