Feodosia Marines cease resistance
Almost 80% of the soldiers of the 36th Marine Brigade in Feodosia have crossed over to the Russian Army. And this occurred without any storming on the part of the pro-Russian forces. In recent days, they have only simulated operations.
About 100 contract servicemen have already submitted their resignation. Last night, the Russian flag was hoisted in the territory of the unit. The blue and yellow flag has not yet been taken down.
As of 21 March, 2014, more than 140 soldiers expressed their desire to leave the unit and to continue their service on mainland Ukraine. However, on March 22, 2014, some of them reversed their decision and stayed.
According to sources, during negotiations with the Russian soldiers it was agreed that the Ukrainians would be able to take more than 20 items of equipment from the unit to the mainland.
Senior Lieutenant Pavel Sukhanov stated that during the conflict, they had not felt the support of the central government. They had only received orders to ‘hold on’. In particular, the equipment they were promised for defence – shields and trancheons – did not arrive.
According to him, the Ukrainian soldiers who remain in permanent deployment were promised they would not have to pledge allegiance to the Russian people.