Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu to transfer to Kiev’s disposal weapons and military equipment that remained in the units located in the Crimea and who did not side with the Russian armed forces.
Today, Vladimir Putin met with senior officers of the country, at which their new positions and regular titles were announced. In addition, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that the “organized withdrawal of units of the Ukrainian army who expressed a desire to continue serving in the Armed Forces” was completed in the Crimea, reports Interfax.
After that, the Supreme Commander of the Russian Federation ordered the transfer of weapons and military equipment of the ship’s crew and aviationwho remained in units that did not go over to the side of the Russian Federation, Ukraine.
Sergei Shoigu also reported that the ships, which remained at the disposal of the Crimea, "completed the change of state symbols." "Acts of desecration, disrespectful attitude to the state symbols of Ukraine is not allowed," - he added.
The high level of training of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
The President of the Russian Federation also noted that the Russian military showed themselves in the best way on the peninsula. “The recent events in Crimea became such a serious exam. They demonstrated both the qualitatively new capabilities of our Armed Forces and the high morale of the personnel, ”he said.
The Supreme Commander thanked the Russian military stationed in the Crimea "for endurance and personal courage."
Vladimir Putin also stressed that, thanks to “clear and professional actions”, the servicemen managed to “avoid provocations and prevent bloodshed, provide conditions for a peaceful and free referendum.”
Modernization of the military structure of the Crimea
“Now we have to do serious work on the modernization of the military structure in the Crimea,” the Russian president concluded. According to him, it is necessary to complete the formation of the units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, as well as the Federal Security Service, the Investigative Committee and the Federal Drug Control Service.
In addition, he announced his intention to revive the Black Sea Higher Naval School named after Nakhimov and create a Sevastopol Presidential Cadet School.
Experience of army professionals and law enforcement structures of Ukraine
Vladimir Putin also pointed out that it is necessary to make optimal use of the experience of the military, who served in the army and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, and now switched to the side of Russia. At the same time, it is important to respect the decision of the security forces, who returned to the disposal of the Kiev authorities.
“The attitude towards them, towards their families should be extremely correct, as the traditions of military honor demand,” he explained.
Putin stressed that for newcomers to the ranks of the Russian army, "military ranks, years of service, diplomas of graduation from educational institutions will be maintained."
The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation also ordered an increase in the monetary allowance and social status of servicemen who had gone over to Russia. Thus, soldiers and officers who decide to serve the Russian Federation will receive four times more than before.
"Today, about four times our monetary allowance in Russia exceeds the monetary allowance in Ukraine," the president explained.