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Ukrainian Navy commander released in Crimea

March 20, 2014, 11:51 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
As it was reported earlier, the Ukrainian Navy commander was temporarily detained by prosecutors in Sevastopol
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Ukrainian soldier near the village of Chongar (archive)

Ukrainian soldier near the village of Chongar (archive)

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SIMFEROPOL, March 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian Navy Commander Sergey Gaiduk and seven activists, supporters of the new Ukrainian leaders, were released in Crimea on Thursday morning in the village of Chongar near checkpoints, Supreme Council member Andrei Senchenko told reporters.

Deputy Anatoly Gritsenko also confirmed his son had been released. "My son has called a moment ago. Everything is okay at Chongar. The hostages are released," he wrote in his blog on Facebook.

As it was reported earlier, the Ukrainian Navy commander was temporarily detained by prosecutors in Sevastopol. "Since there were questions to him," a source at the city prosecutor's office told Crimea Inform. According to the source, "Gaiduk broadcast the order from Kiev to Ukrainian troops to use arms against civilians."

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu asked Crimean leaders to release the detained commander Rear Admiral Sergei Gaiduk and not to prevent him from leaving for Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry's press service said on Thursday that "the Russian minister had noted Gaiduk had to obey orders of his leadership, complying with the Ukrainian armed forces' military regulations.

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