Detention of Leader of Center of POW Release Ruban: All we know at the moment
11:35, 9 March 2018

Detention of Leader of Center of POW Release Ruban: All we know at the moment

The special services detained Volodymyr Ruban, the Leader of Center of POW Release 'Officer Corps' in the Donbas Conflict zone

11:35, 9 March 2018

The detention of Volodymyr Ruban took place on March 8 at the Ukrainian checkpoint at the demarcation line of Donbas Conflict zone. The source from the law enforcement body confirmed the detention of Ruban to

-Georgy Tuka, the Deputy Minister for Occupied Territories reported on Twitter that Ruban attempted to move the entire arsenal through Mayorsk checkpoint to the territory controlled by Ukraine.

-Yury Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine emphasized on Facebook that 'the detention was accidental' and confirmed that Ruban was detained during the attempt to enter the territory of Ukraine from temporarily occupied Donbas.

-According to Myroslav Gai, the volunteer, Ruban was transferred to the SBU.

'Ruban illegally titled himself a general and worked on the infiltration of the FSB agents to Ukraine under the pretense of the hostages. He was the negotiator for this purposes', he wrote.

Myroslav Gai

-Strana published the video of the detention of Ruban. The tables with the large arsenal are situated in from of him.

-According to Fakty, the SBU officers held the search at the house of Ruban's wife on March 8.

-Volodymyr Ariev, the MP reported citing his own sources that Ruban was taking the weaponry to Kyiv 'for a reason' and claimed that 'it is serious'.

-Oleksandr Chornokozha, the representative of the press service of the Chief SBU Department in Donetsk region reported to Hromadske Radio that Volodymyr Ruban is in the detention facility of Mariupol at the moment and there is no information on the choose of the restrictive measure for him.

-At the same time, the sources of Ukrayinska Pravda reported that Ruban is served charges on the illegal handling of arms, preparation of a crime and terrorist action.

-The briefing of Vasyl Grytsak, the Head of SBU on the detention of Ruban will take place today at 15:00.

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Who is Volodymyr Ruban?

Ruban is the leader of Center of POW Release 'Officer Corps'. He held the negotiations on the release of the hostages, acting as the mediator from the beginning of the war in Donbas. From time to time he was accused of favoring the militants of Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

It became known at the end of February 2017 that Ruban was banned from the crossing of the demarcation line in Donbas. Olena Hitlyanska, the spokeswoman of the SBU reported then that the special service held the questioning of Ruban due to the violation of the set order of the crossing of the demarcation line in Donbas Conflict zone.

Ruban called the abolition of pass 'little revenge for Savchenko'.

According to the note of suspicion, published by the media, Ruban is suspected of preparing a terrorist act and illegal handling of weapons.

It is also stated that Ruban had accomplices “among radical anti-Ukrainian citizens.” In particular, the names of Shashkin, Mezentsev, Zakharchenkov, Berezen and Liashch were listed.

Volodymyr Ruban during the hearing choosing a preventive measure for him denied all accusations. According to him, he didn’t know about the weapons and yesterday’s incident was an operation organized by the officer with a call sign “Cedar”

Ruban was already added to the Myrotvorets database. He is registered on the website as an “associate of the terrorists.”

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