Ukraine’s flagship switches sides to Russia and disobeys orders from Kiev

Published time: March 01, 2014 21:11

Edited time: March 01, 2014 23:17

The Ukrainian Krivak class frigate Hetman Sahaydachny (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

The Ukrainian Krivak class frigate Hetman Sahaydachny (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)
Ukraine’s Navy flagship, the Hetman Sahaidachny frigate, has reportedly refused to follow orders from Kiev, and come over to Russia’s side and is returning home after taking part in NATO operation in the Gulf of Aden flying the Russian naval flag.
There has been conflicting information on where exactly the vessel is, but a Russian senator has confirmed to Izvestia daily that the frigate defected to the Russian side.
Ukraine’s Navy flagship the Hetman Sahaidachny has come over to our side today. It has hung out the St Andrew’s flag,” Senator Igor Morozov, a member of the committee on the international affairs, told Izvestia daily.
He said the flagship is on its way back to the Black Sea after drills in the Mediterranean. “The crew has fulfilled the order by the chief commander of Ukraine’s armed forces Viktor Yanukovich,” he added.
The move comes after the Navy command resigned Friday. Self-appointed President Aleksandr Turchinov made Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky the new Navy Chief, a statement published on the President’s website Saturday said.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Prime Minister of Ukraine had earlier asked his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to let the frigate through the Bosporus strait, according to the Kiev Times. The ship captain and the head of Ukraine’s contingent in the operation, Rear Admiral Andrey Tarasov disobeyed orders from Kiev.
The Hetman Sahaidachny returns to Sevastopol, Crimea after taking part in a joint counter-piracy operation with NATO and the EU off the Horn of Africa, reported UNN on Friday, citing Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. On February 26, after crossing the Suez Canal, the ship entered the Mediterranean Sea and was expected to be in Sevastopol in early March.

Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti reports that Ukrainian navy chief Denys 

Berezovsky, who was appointed by acting President Turchynov yesterday, has “taken an

 oath of allegiance to the people to Crimea”, which suggests that he has joined forces with 

the pro-Russian authorities there. Speaking at a news conference in Sevastopol, Rear Adm

 Denys Berezovskyy reportedly vowed to “defend” the people of Crimea.

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3 Responses to “Ukraine’s flagship switches sides to Russia and disobeys orders from Kiev”

  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Anonymous says:

    A dog only has one master, the Captain made the right decision.
    He still has his ship and men intact to fight the real enemy.
    The Israelis need rooting out of the Ukraine or there will never be peace.

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