Ukrainians who joined Russia: Ex-Ukrainian colonel appointed Russian National Guard chief in Crimea

11:52 Oct. 28, 2016

Ex-Ukrainian colonel appointed Russian National Guard chief in Crimea

Russian National Guard soldiers during a joint counter-terrorist drill (GettyImages Photo)

The relevant order signed by President Putin, media agencies say 

Former Ukrainian colonel Stepan Gaidarzhyisky, who switched sides and joined Russia after it annexed Crimea, has been appointed the chief of the Kremlin's recently-formed National Guard on the peninsula.

This is according to Ukrainian news agency Krym.Realii, a branch office of Ukrainian department of RFE/RL.

Read also: Ex-Ukrane's admiral, accused of treason, becomes Russian Baltic fleet chief - media

Prior to the appointment Gaidarzhyisky was promoted to the rank of major general of the internal troops of the Russian Interior Ministry.

In February 2016 Ukrainian prosecutors initiated a criminal investigation against the former colonel, suspecting him of treason. 

Source: krymr.com (in Russian)

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