Putin admits sending Russian troops to seize Crimea and mulling nuke deployment (Video)
In a three hour long documentary “Crimea – the Way Back Home” Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed plans to put Russia's nuclear forces “on alert” during the takeover of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula last February.
Ukrainian officials and Russia’s opposition have called for the feature, which aired on Russian state TV this Sunday, as evidence in a war crimes tribunal, calling for a trial against Putin for military aggression, Ukraine Today reports.
Besides admitting being ready to use nuclear weapons had the West interfered in the Kremlin’s operation, Putin also said he had deployed Russian Special Forces, marines and paratroops to block and disarm the Ukrainian military in Crimea at the time.
In Kyiv, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said that the film showed who gave orders to seize Ukrainian territory, and called for the documentary to be sent to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
The Kremlin initially denied any military involvement in Crimea late February, 2014, when the now famous camouflaged “little green men” without insignia flooded the peninsula.
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