"The Russian side, contrary to the basic memorandum on the presence of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, we can see a build-up of forces and equipment in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Thus, for the last night eight Russian aircraft IL -76 and about ten
In this regard, the commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have contacted the Russian side, and warned it of avoiding a violation of the airspace of Ukraine, the acting defence minister emphasized.
According to Teniukh, in recent days the Russian Federation has built up its military forces in the peninsula up to 6,000 people. Also, about thirty BTR-80 [armored personnel vehicles - ed.] have been deployed to Crimea. Russian Black Sea Fleet servicemen are blocking administrative buildings and military units.
"These illegal actions by the Russian Federation violate provisions of security guarantees (Budapest Memorandum). Therefore, the military units of Ukraine, stationed in Crimea, have enhanced readiness and are ready to defend," Teniukh emphasized.