Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine disclosed Kyiv merchants doing business on the temporarily occupied territories and financed illegal armed groups in the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic”, reported by the press service of the SBU.
The law enforcers found that the businessmen owned a network of supermarkets, some of them were situated on the territory of Donetsk region beyond the control of Ukraine. The businessmen paid militants’ illegal institutions the revenue shares from their stores.
The special forces services found and seized domestic and foreign cash for about $74 000 during searches of their Kyiv apartments. Legal documents and mobile phones with the correspondence on managing and coordinating their illegal actions, computers with evidences of financing illegal armed groups of the so-called “DNR”.
The SBU investigator also seized the accountancy documents, agreements, work completion certificates, electronic data storage devices, banking documents, 14 stamps of the law firms, performing illegal deals of the businessmen. The illegal scheme also involved a charity fund.
A criminal case was initiated, investigative measures are underway.