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

13:24 Jun. 30, 2016

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

Former Ukrainian admiral Sergey Yeliseyev in Sevastopol, Crimea, February 23, 2014

Sergey Yeliseyev has temporarily replaced Viktor Kravchuk, who had been sacked for incompetency, media say

Former Ukrainian admiral, who joined Russian army during the illegal annexation of Crimea, has allegedly become a new chief of Russia's Baltic fleet. Sergey Yeliseyev has temporarily replaced Viktor Kravchuk, earlier sacked for incompetency and misinformation about current state of affairs. This is reported by Russian media outlet Fontanka.ru, citing its sources.

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Beside Kravchuk 50 other admirals were fired by the Russian Minister of Defense, making this move the biggest "cleanup" in the history of the country's fleet. Yeliseyev, who was serving at the fleet, was the only high-ranking commander to keep his position.

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Before joining Russia, Yeliseyev was the deputy chief of Ukraine's Naval forces. Fontanka.ru said, this was the first time a former Ukrainian officer was assigned as a commander in Russian army.

Yeliseyev is a wanted man in Ukraine. Kyiv accuses him of treason, desertion and several other crimes. According to the country's Prosecution, he will be put on trial in absentia in Ukraine's court in the nearest future. 

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