Ukrainian intel officer, ex-border guard busted with moving ammunition from Donbas combat zone

Source : 112 Ukraine

The culprits are suspected of mishandling ammunition. The court chooses restriction measures
11:43, 21 August 2020

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Colonel of Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine and ex-Border Guard have been busted with moving the ammunition out of Donbas combat zone. Press office of the State Bureau of Investigations reported that on August 21.

"According to preliminary investigation, Colonel of Foreign Intelligence Service illegally moved ammunition from the combat area of Joint Forces Operation, being instructed by the former serviceman of the State Border Guard. The investigation found out that the ammunition was stolen by the ex-Border Guard serviceman, as he served in 2015-2017. He kept it in the rented garage in Severodonetsk", reads the message.

The Bureau operatives found almost 6,000 rounds of 5.45 mm, over 4,000 7.62 mm rounds, six hand grenades, five fuses to hand grenades and five anti-tank grenades.

Both culprits are now suspects in the case of mishandling ammunition. Currently, the court chooses restriction measures. The investigation carries on.

Related: Ukrainian military man dies in Donbas due to mishandling ammunition

Earlier, we reported that the SBI (Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigations) has completed the pre-trial investigation against the officer of the military police of Ukraine Armed Forces. It appears that the official is suspected of double-dealing with other servicemen's work trips, as they cooperated with the UN peacekeepers. The press office of the SBI reported this on Thursday, August 20.

In July 2019-March 2020, the serviceman pocketed some USD 16,000, as he was responsible for issues related to work trips of Ukrainian servicemen within the UN peacekeeping contingent in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "Besides, he urged a citizen to give a bribe to the officials of the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces", SBI stated.

The officer could face from three to six years behind the bars, with a fine of 500 to 1,000 tax-free minimum incomes.

Related: SBU blocks illegal import of ammunition into Ukraine in Lviv region

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