Seizure of administrative buildings in Crimea was carried out by Russian Armed Forces

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko asserts that the seizure of administrative buildings in Crimea in February 2014 and other illegal actions was carried out by the regular units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, and interprets these actions as "aggression and illegal annexation of the sovereign territory of Ukraine."

"I personally saw the soldiers in green uniform - they were servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation: both from the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation and transferred from February 20, 2014 through the appropriate airports and ports of Ukraine without permission from the Ukrainian state," said Poroshenko during testimony in videoconference mode as a witness in the Obolonsky district court of Kyiv on Wednesday on the treason case of former President Viktor Yanukovych.

On February 28, 2014 Poroshenko visited Crimea in the status of a people's deputy of Ukraine in order to try to peacefully resolve the growing conflict on the peninsula.