President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky may also be summoned for interrogation. The country is looking for those responsible for the failure of the operation to detain 33 “PMC soldiers” in the summer of 2020
Vladimir Zelensky (right) and Andriy Ermak (left)
The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) of Ukraine will summon the head of the President's office, Andriy Yermak, for interrogation in the case of disrupting the operation to detain 33 Russians, Acting President said. Director of the RRT Alexei Sukhachev on the air of the TV channel “ 1 + 1 ''.
“For several days, we will summon Mr. Yermak for interrogation. Why are we not doing this today? Because we expect certain information from our colleagues in law enforcement in the coming days, '', & mdash; he said.
However, so far there is no evidence that Yermak is guilty of disrupting the operation, the investigation has not, added Sukhachev.
When asked whether it was possible that the President of Ukraine and acting The head of the State Bureau of Investigation noted that the investigator has the right to interrogate any person, regardless of the position, “ if necessary, '' Volodymyr Zelensky will also be summoned for interrogation.
The fact that Yermak could disrupt the operation was announced in mid-November by the former head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Vasily Burba. According to him, on July 23, 2020, Yermak instructed to postpone the operation. “ I got the answer that this is the president's team. There was no written instruction & raquo ;, & mdash; said Burba (quoted by Interfax-Ukraine).
In his opinion, then the operation could not be postponed and, perhaps, it was precisely because of this decision that it was failed. Among the reasons for the failure, he named the existence of a “ mole '' among the officials, which allegedly works for Russia, poor training and good work of counterintelligence in Belarus.
Oleksiy Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine and press secretary of the Kiev delegation in the contact group on Donbass, suggested that the blame for the failure of the operation may lie with Burba himself. According to Arestovich, Burba repeatedly postponed the operation, and made the decision on the active phase without the President's approval.
The Russians, whom the Belarusian KGB called fighters of the Wagner PMC, were detained near Minsk on July 29. Initially, they were suspected of preparing a terrorist attack and riots before the presidential elections. However, later Minsk dropped all charges against the detainees and handed them over to Moscow, despite Ukraine's extradition request.
Ukraine denied its involvement in the detention of the Russians, but later confirmed that it was collecting evidence against them. In June 2021, Zelensky said that other states were planning the operation, and that they were trying to “ drag Ukraine into it. ''
As CNN reported, during the operation Kiev received funding and technical assistance from Washington. In addition, the CIA advised the Ukrainian side on the organization of an operation against the “ Russian mercenaries. '' In Zelensky's office, the CNN investigation was called a fake.
The FSB, on the contrary, confirmed the information to CNN and reported that they regard the incident with the detention of 33 Russians as an act of state terrorism prepared by the special services of Ukraine. According to a representative of the department, the Ukrainian special services under the leadership of the CIA specially lured the Russians to the neighboring country in order to embroil Russia and Belarus.
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