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Ukraine’s army command prevents 1,500 servicemen from returning to Crimea

March 13, 2014, 23:56 UTC+3 SEVASTOPOL
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SEVASTOPOL, March 13, /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s army commanders are banning the military serving in other parts of Ukraine from returning to Crimea and the port city of Sevastopol where they have families and relatives, a Sevastopol city administration source told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

Dmitry Belik, the city administration’s acting head, met the servicemen’s parents in Sevastopol on Thursday.

“They are now being brainwashed and forced to stay in Ukraine. But they have parents, women and children in Sevastopol. According to our information, about 90 percent of sailors on Ukrainian warships which were pulled out to Odessa want to return to Sevastopol and serve the people of Crimea,” the parents said, adding the commanders of Ukrainian warships were tearing letters of resignation, threatening their children with prosecution in case they tried to leave the place of service without permission.

They urged Sevastopol’s Mayor Alexei Chalyi to help the servicemen who no longer wanted to serve in the Ukrainian armed forces return to Sevastopol.

A source aware of the situation says that Ukraine’s army command is preventing 1,500 servicemen from returning to Crimea and Sevastopol.

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