2014 Simferopol incident

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2014 Simferopol incident
Part of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation
Location Simferopol, Crimea
Date March 18, 2014
2:00pm[citation needed]
Target Ukrainian and Crimean units
Attack type
Disputed[1][2]
Weapons AK-47, Shotguns, Automatic Weapons[citation needed]
Deaths 1 Ukrainian officer, 1 self-defense member
Non-fatal injuries
2 Ukrainian soldiers (1 serious), 1 self-defense member
Perpetrator Disputed[3][4]

On March 18, 2014,[5] two people were shot dead and at least a further two people injured during the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

At this stage, none of the accounts of this event could be verified independently.[6] The Ukrainian and the Crimean authorities provided conflicting reports of the event.[3][4]

The two casualties had a joint funeral attended by Crimean and Ukrainian authorities. The event is now under investigation by both the Crimean authorities and the Ukrainian military. [7][8][9]

Versions of events[edit]

Russia and Ukraine have disputed what occurred during the attack.[1][2] None of the accounts given could be independently verified.[10] The event is now under investigation by both the Crimean authorities and the Ukrainian military.

Ukrainian government version[edit]

Alleged storming of a Ukrainian military facility[edit]

Ukrainian sources reported that on Tuesday March 18 at approximately 3 p.m, 15 masked gunmen attired in Russian uniforms without insignia arrived in two unmarked vehicles bearing Russian flags, and stormed the 13th Photogrammatic Center of the Central Military-Topographic and Navigation Administration in Simferopol, located within a Ukrainian military base.[11]

Although unclear as to how the incident initially began, reports emerged of a pro-Russian self-defense member attempting to climb a wall into the base compound and was told to get back by Ukrainian troops. The argument escalated into live gun-fire being exchanged by both sides and the storming of the base itself. However civilian testimonies indicated seeing self-defense troops preparing for a possible storming of the base prior to the confrontation. A Ukrainian junior officer manning a watchtower overseeing a vehicle pool at the base was fatally injured in the neck during the shoot-out. A second Ukrainian servicemen was shot in the neck and evacuated by several ambulances arriving at the scene who were granted entrance by self-defense troops who sealed of the base to journalists. This death marked the first military fatality since the Russian takeover of Crimea. In addition to the officer an ethnic pro-Russian defense member was reported killed per Crimean authorities but unclear if he was killed by resisting Ukrainian troops or accidental friendly-fire, both cases were reported. The storming began with the takeover of the park located within the bases' compound and the Ukrainian command center. A total of 15 unmarked soldiers armed with shotguns and AK-47's as reported by civilian/journalists at the scene, participated in the assault supported by two military vehicles bearing the Russian flag.[12] A Ukrainian soldier on patrol over the park was beaten by self-defense soldiers with a pair of iron rods during the capture. The condition of the soldier was reported serious by military accounts. Shooting continued until the sub-sequential capture of the Ukrainian military units commander Colonel Andriy Andryushyn who was taken hostage along with several other soldiers in order to gain entry into the bases nautical building where the remaining Ukrainian personnel barricaded themselves on the 2nd floor refusing to surrender. The Ukrainian commander was interrogated by Russian troops and supposedly stated his defection to the people of Crimea. Negotiations over the surrender of the nautical building, where the rest of the Ukrainian troops were held up, continued until late Tuesday evening when talks were met over their surrender. A total of 18 Ukrainian soldiers were detained and placed under arrest by self-defense troops. The soldiers were placed in rows and had all Identification marks, weapons, and money confiscated on behest of Crimean police.[13][14][15][16][17][18][2]

By 24 March, the remaining Ukrainian troops captured during the altercation were freed unharmed.

Crimean/Russian version[edit]

Alleged Right Sector sniper[edit]

Russian sources reported that the Russian and Ukrainian soldiers were both killed by the same sniper.[2] On March 18, Russian media reported that Russian forces received a warning of unidentified armed individuals' presence in an unfinished building located across from a Ukrainian military installation. A Russian Cossack who was working in a Crimean brigade was then shot dead, another wounded, when investigating the scene near the sniper(s) positions in the building. The shots that killed a Ukrainian officer and wounded another came from the same window. Russian media, citing Crimean police, reported that authorities had detained a 17-year-old nationalist Right Sector marksman from Western Ukraine in connection to the killings.[19] Later, however, Interfax reported that Crimean prosecutors refuted that they had detained any gunmen. "The information on the shooter's detention has not been confirmed. It is untrue. Unfortunately, no one has been detained yet," Natalia Boyarkina, press officer for the Crimean prosecutors, told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.[20]

Investigation by Crimean Prosecutor General[edit]

The Crimean Prosecutor General Natalia Poklonskaya is investigating the incident.

Initial statement of Crimean Prosecutor General day after incident[edit]

The pre-trial investigation services found out the following:

Several unarmed officials of the Russian Defence Ministry following agreement with both the commander of Ukrainian military base A-36-74, and Kiev came to discuss cartography issues while the cartographers were working inside the base, crimean self-defence forces, were shot outside the base.

Series of shots were fired both at Ukrainian soldiers and members of crimean self-defence forces. There are victims on both sides: a Cossack from self-defence was killed and another one was injured. One Ukrainian soldier from the military base was killed and another one was injured.

Right now the exact position and number of shooters are being ascertained

The scene of action was examined by 6 investigation groups, including criminologists, detectives from the Crimean Republic attorney office, detectives from main department of the ministry of internal affairs, and members of other related departments. According to these experts there is a high possibility of similarity with the actions of snipers on Maidan, Kiev, from February 18 to 21. In this case their aim was most likely is to provoke conflict between soldiers of the Ukraine and the Crimean Republic.

Several expert examinations are complete, including forensic medical examinations. Ballistic examinations are continuing, along with interviewing witnesses.[21]

Casualties[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

  • Ensign (Praporshchik) Serhiy Kokurin - dead (shot in the heart while on patrol)[18]
  • Captain V. Fedun - wounded in the neck and arm[18]
  • Unidentified Ukrainian soldier - seriously injured in the head after blows from an iron bar[18]

Crimea self-defense forces[edit]

  • Ruslan Kazakov (Russian volunteer, veteran of Chechen wars, Don Cossack militia member from Volgograd) - dead (sniper-fire)[22][23][24][25]
  • Alexander Yukalo (Rank Unknown) - Wounded (Shot in the thigh)[25]
  • Several other unidentified members wounded

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b March 19, 2014. Ukraine cries 'robbery' as Russia annexes Crimea. CNN. (Retrieved March 19, 2014).
  2. ^ a b c d "Fatal incident in Simferopol 'provocation' - Russia's ambassador to NATO". The Voice of Russia. March 19, 2014. Archived from the original on March 22, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "There was no immediate evidence that Russian soldiers were involved in Tuesday's incident, witnesses said."Ukrainian officer wounded in Crimea shooting: military spokesman, Yahoo! News, March 18, 2014
  4. ^ a b "None of the accounts can be independently confirmed." Ukraine officer 'killed in attack on Crimea base', BBC, March 19, 2014
  5. ^ Окупанти у Сімферополі вбили українського солдата [The invaders killed a Ukrainian soldier in Simferopol]. Gazeta.lviv.ua. March 18, 2014. Archived from the original on March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ Ukraine officer 'killed in attack on Crimea base', BBC, March 19, 2014
  7. ^ "Joint Funeral" 'Ukraine's unlikeliest funeral: the only two foes to die in Russia's Crimea takeover are mourned together', Daily Telegraph, March 22, 2014
  8. ^ "Joint Funeral2" 'Opposing sides in Crimean conflict come together today for Simferopol funeral of two men killed, one Ukrainian, the other Russian', Kyiv Post, March 22, 2014
  9. ^ "Joint Funeral3" 'Funeral held for Crimea's first casualties', Agence France-Presse, March 22, 2014
  10. ^ "None of the accounts cloud be independently confirmed." Ukraine officer 'killed in attack on Crimea base', BBC, March 19, 2014
  11. ^ В Симферополе российские военнослужащие штурмуют фотограмметрический центр ВС Украины, ранен в шею украинец [In Simferopol, Russian troops stormed the photogrammetric center of Ukrainian Armed Forces, a Ukrainian wounded in the neck] (in Russian). Interfax-Ukraine. March 18, 2014. Archived from the original on March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ Mezzofiore, Gianluca. "Ukrainian Navy Man 'Killed' as Russian Troops Storm Simferopol Military Base". International Business Times. Yahoo! News Network. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ Watson, Leon. "Ukrainian officer shot dead and 1 militia killed at under-siege Crimean army base". Daily Mail (Mail Online). Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  14. ^ Polityuk, Pavel (March 18, 2014). "Ukraine Officer Shot Dead In Simferopol, Crimea". The Huffington Post. Reuters. Archived from the original on March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ukraine suffers first Crimea casualty as conflict in 'military stage". Yahoo! News. March 18, 2014. Archived from the original on March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Shots fired in Crimea, Ukraine soldier killed". USA Today. Associated Press. March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ukraine officer 'killed in attack on Crimea base". BBC News. March 18, 2014. Archived from the original on March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c d Стало відоме прізвище застреленого в Криму українського прапорщика [It became known the last name of a shot Ukrainian ensign in Crimea] (in Ukrainian). UNIAN. March 18, 2014. Archived from the original on March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Sniper that killed two seized in Crimea". The Voice of Russia. March 19, 2014. Archived from the original on March 22, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Crimean prosecutors do not confirm info on Simferopol shooter detention". Interfax-Ukraine. March 20, 2014. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ "YouTube press conference with subtitles". YouTube. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  22. ^ Погибший в Симферополе уроженец Волгоградской области отслужил по контракту в Чечне, сообщила его родственница [The deceased in Simferopol was born in Volgograd region and served by contract in Chechnya, said his relative]. Kavkazskiy uzel (in Russian). March 20, 2014. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  23. ^ Атаман Александр Кривенцев: «Казак, погибший в Симферополе, не входил в состав сводного отряда казаков из Волгограда» [Ataman Alexander Kryventsov "Cossacks killed in Simferopol, was not included in the combined detachment of Cossacks from Volgograd]. Vse dla vas (in Russian). March 22, 2014. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  24. ^ Убитый снайпером крымский самооборонец оказался донским казаком из Волгограда [Killed by a sniper, Crimean self-defender appeared as the Don Cossack from Volgograd]. Mir i Politika (in Russian). March 20, 2014. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b Lost Cossack ran to my aid video. Анна on 20.03.2014