SBU counterintelligence nabs ex-“DPR” militant

Counterintelligence operatives with the Security Service of Ukraine have exposed and detained a citizen of Ukraine, who is reasonably believed to have been an active member of an illegal armed group.

That’s according to the SBU press service, Ukrinform reports.

The detainee turned out to be a resident of Kurakhovo, Donetsk region, who in 2014-2015, driven by his ideological convictions, was part of the “DPR” illegal armed group.

"According to the investigation, during the said period, the culprit directly partook in hostilities in Donetsk region. Subsequently, he returned to the government-controlled territory, to Kurakhovo, Donetsk region," the SBU reported.

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It is reported that the militant has pleaded guilty and confirmed his position as commander of the 2nd motorized rifle platoon with the “DPR” Oplot battalion, and then as a "duty officer" with the so-called Russian Orthodox Army.

Also, during the inquiry, the perpetrator testified about other members of the illegal armed group.

The SBU has pressed charges against the man under Part 1 Art. 258-3 (creation of a terrorist group or terrorist organization) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The court ordered to remand the suspect in custody.

As Ukrinform reported, for clandestine cooperation with Russia’s FSB, a resident of Berdychiv, Zhytomyr region, was found guilty of high treason and sentenced to eight years in prison.

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