Ukrainian Naval Forces Commander Rear Adm. Serhiy Haiduk was released in Crimea in the early hours of Thursday, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Chairman and interim President Oleksandr Turchynov's press service reported on Thursday.
"Ukrainian Naval Forces Commander Rear Adm. Serhiy Haiduk and all civilians (including a son of Ukrainian parliamentarian Anatoly Hrytsenko) were released last night," the press service said.
Kryminform news agency reported earlier in the day with reference to Verkhovna Rada deputy Andriy Senchenko that Haiduk and seven other activists supporting the new Kiev authorities had been released from detention in Crimea.
"The release took place near checkpoints outside the community of Chongar this morning," he said.
The Russian Defense Ministry press service reported earlier that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had urged the Crimean leadership to release Haiduk.
Kryminform had reported earlier with reference to the Sevastopol prosecutor's office that "Serhiy Haiduk has been detained temporarily by prosecution officials, as there are questions for him." Prosecutors said Haiduk was suspected of "circulating an order from Kiev among Ukrainian military units on using weapons against peaceful civilians."
In response to this, Turchynov told the Crimean authorities to release Haiduk by 9:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, warning that otherwise "appropriate measures" would be taken, including "technical and technological ones."
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