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Ukrainian forces will not withdraw from Crimea: Defence minister

Reuters , Wednesday 19 Mar 2014
Ukrainian Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh
Ukrainian Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh speaks during a news conference at a hotel in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, March 17, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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Ukrainian forces will not withdraw from Crimea even though Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to make it part of Russia, acting Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh said on Wednesday.

Asked by journalists on the sidelines of a government meeting if Kiev would pull its forces out of the peninsula, Tenyukh replied: "No. We will stay".

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