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Five people were arrested for financing separatists in Kyiv region
17:33, 19 December 2016
Five people were arrested for financing separatists in Kyiv region

Lawbreakers conducted pseudo export of food to the territory of Donbas that is not under control of Ukrainian government

17:33, 19 December 2016

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"The group of people who organized illegal channel of food supplies to the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions were caught," the statement says.

It is also noted that these individuals committed misappropriation of the state budget of Ukraine in a large scale using mechanism of interrupted transit through Russian territory.

In particular, the offenders conducted pseudo food exports to the occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions for more than $38 million in total over the past two years, although the destination of goods were Georgia, Iran and Azerbaijan.

"At the same time, this scheme has provided grounds for offenders to form a negative value of VAT credit, which allowed them to receive more than $9 million of budget refund," the statement also noted.

The perpetrators were detained upon the results of 30 searches. Currently, they are charged of a criminal offense under Part 4 Art.110-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (financing of acts committed for the purpose of forceful change or overthrow of the constitutional order or the seizure of state power or changing the boundaries of the state border of Ukraine).

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"The preventive measure in form of detention was chosen for the suspected under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor’s Office of Kyiv region," the message noted.

The police also detained two trucks with goods while they were trying to cross the border with Georgia, 160 vehicles and 201 bank accounts of enterprises involved in the illegal scheme were arrested.

"Over 500 tons of steel taken from “LPR” were seized. Along with about $38 million, electronic data carriers, financial and business documents, computers that confirm the facts of food supplies to the “LPR” and “DPR,” the report says.

The prosecutors are going to investigate the involvement of other persons in the crime.

Earlier it was reported that Kyiv businessmen was exposed in financing militants of so-called “DNR”. The illegal scheme involved a charity fund among others.

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