Representatives of the United States and Europe recommended Ukraine not to enter armed conflict with Russia and not to declare martial law during the seizure of the Crimea by Russia in 2014.
This was stated by the then-acting head of the presidential administration, Sergei Pashinsky, on channel "112 Ukraine" while answering a question about whether the EU and U.S. had really advised not to defend the Crimea.
"The Americans and Europeans recommended our country not to engage in an armed conflict with Russia and not declare martial law," he said.
Pashinsky also commented on the statement by the former Interior Minister and former head of the Council of Ministers of the Crimea, Anatoly Mogilev that the NSDC (National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine) refused to take any action to keep the Crimea in 2014.
"Somewhere around the date of the 25th, Mogilev called me and said: ‘I am informing you that FSB officers are already sitting in my waiting room.’ I said: "This is not your first year running the Crimean Cabinet. So give the command to the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine), and have the Interior Ministry arrest them and bring them to me.’ He says: ‘Are you making fun of me?’’ And now he says that it had been necessary to give the command. So give it, you had all these people subordinate to you," said the former head of the Presidential Administration.
He also said that during the Maidan, secret documents were transported to the Crimea from the Security Service building on Vladimirskaya Street in Kyiv.
"There is absolutely official data that all lists of agents, as well as secret criminal cases, were transported from the SBU on Vladimirskaya not to Donetsk, but to the Crimea. The Crimea for them even then was a springboard,” said Pashinsky.
In addition, he said that the former president Viktor Yanukovych did not manage the SBU since 2012, having given this authority to the Russians.
"Yanukovych had not been running the Security Service since sometime around 2012; it was supervised by curators, Russians," Pashinsky said.