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Allegiance  Russia
Rank  Admiral
Service/branch  Russian Navy
Name  Aleksandr Vitko
Years of service  1979-present

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Commands held  Russian Black Sea Fleet
Battles/wars  2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine
Battles and wars  2014–15 Russian military intervention in Ukraine

Aleksandr Vitko

Admiral Aleksandr Viktorovich Vitko (Russian: Александр Викторович Витко; born September 13, 1961) is the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. He has held the position since April 2013.

Aleksandr Vitko Vladimir Putin and Aleksandr Vitko Photo UNIAN

Aleksandr Vitko was born September 13, 1961 in Vitebsk, the Byelorussian SSR. In 1984 he graduated from the Nakhimov Naval School, and served in the Pacific Fleet. During 2009-2013 he was the Deputy commander of the Northern Fleet.

Since April 15, 2013 - he has been commander of the Black Sea Fleet.

Vitko took an active part in the events of the 2014 Crimean crisis. He delivered to Ukrainian troops an ultimatum to surrender before 5:00 am on March 4, threatening to storm the offices and units of the armed forces of Ukraine over the Crimea. March 4, 2014, together with Aleksei Chaly he visited the headquarters of the Naval Forces of Ukraine. The next day, he was prosecuted by the general prosecutor of Ukraine on charges of incitement to treason and sabotage against the organization of the Ukrainian troops.

The Russian Defense Ministry called this an attempt of provocation aimed to destabilize the situation in Crimea. According to Deputy Defense Minister Antonov, the Black Sea Fleet commander performed his duties lawfully, in strict compliance with the Russian-Ukrainian agreements on basing the Russian fleet in Ukraine and the Charter of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. On March 12, 2014 the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal investigation into the illegal decision of the General Prosecutor's Office against Aleksandr Vitko.


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