He said it in an interview with TASS, Censor.NET reports.
According to Chaly, he wanted to seize power in Crimea several times but lacked an opportunity.
"We can say there were several appropriate situations, but no legal opportunity had been there until 2014. In 2004-2005, we prepared for a coup in connection with the orange revolution," the traitor said. "It didn't happen since there was almost a legitimate transfer of power in Kyiv."
"We had exactly the same critical period in 2008, during the war in South Ossetia. Yushchenko was president of Ukraine. Russia's Black Sea Fleet was returning from an operation to its main base in Sevastopol, and Yushchenko ordered that the ships be banned from entering... At that moment, we were also ready to seize power in the city but it did not work out," Chaly said.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced Feb. 20, 2014 the date of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea by Russia. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the relevant law on Oct. 7, 2015. Western countries did not recognize the annexation of Crimea and imposed economic sanctions against the Russian Federation and the Crimea-occupying authorities. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula, calling it the "reinstatement of historical truth."