The State Security Committee of Belarus has accused Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sharoyko of espionage. This was reported on the website of the committee.
"Criminal case was brought against P. Sharoyko under article 358 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus ("espionage") and a decision was made to impose a preventive measure in the form of detention," the statement reads.
KGB of Belarus said that Sharoyko was busted on October 25, 2017 “while carrying out agent operation". At the same time, the department claims that he is a the officer of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
"Taking into account his work experience as the head of the press service of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, he was taken to the post of the correspondent of National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine as a cover," the statement says.
In addition, the KGB says that Sharoyko allegedly "created an intelligence network consisting of the citizens of the Republic of Belarus who, for money, fulfilled his tasks of collecting intelligence data in the military-political sphere."
As it was reported earlier Pavlo Sharoyko, a reporter for Ukrainian Radio, was detained in Belarus, as CEO of National Television Company of Ukraine Zurab Alasania wrote on Facebook.
He says the Embassy of Belarus evades the inquiries into the matter. “According to our unofficial information in Belarus, he faces the standard accusation for foreign reporters – espionage,” he wrote.
Vasyl Kyrylych, the Head of Department of Consular Support confirmed the information on the detention of Pavlo Sharoyko, the journalist of the Ukrainian radio. According to Kyrylych, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine assumes measures to protect the rights of the detained citizen of Ukraine. Ihor Kyzym, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus added that the Embassy of Ukraine sent a note to the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.