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: (in Russian)

comments powered by Disqus


News16:00 Nov. 28, 2016
Suspension mechanism to be dicussed on November 29 - RFE/RL
News12:15 Nov. 25, 2016
Record number of ceasefire violations in Donbas since 2014 - OSCE
News18:40 Nov. 24, 2016
Iraq suicide attack: at least 80 killed
News18:27 Nov. 24, 2016
European Council president speaks Ukrainian at Brussels summit
News11:02 Nov. 24, 2016
Visa free regime for Ukraine, Georgia may be posponed to summer - RFE/RL
Subscribe to receive regular email updates about Ukraine and Eastern Europe