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Channel of international smuggling exposed in Odesa

Source : 112 Ukraine

Possible partakers of the channel are the sponsors of the occupied Donbas militants
19:25, 22 October 2021

Ukraine's Security Service

The channel of the international smuggling was liquidated in Odesa. The sponsors of the occupied Donbas militants are the possible participants of the channel as the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported.

“In Odessa, the international transit channel for illegal transportation of wholesale consignments of tobacco products to the European Union has been liquidated. According to preliminary information, the dealers planned to use part of the millions of "profits" to finance the militants of the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics,” the message says.

Related: Dutch police arrests two Ukrainian sailors suspected of people smuggling

The malefactors planned to establish a transit channel for the transfer of cigarettes outside customs control through Ukraine to the EU.

Now the involvement of persons from the sanctions list of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine in the organization of illegal activities is being checked.

Related: Russian court sentences Ukrainian to three years in jail for attempt of smuggling

Law enforcers have opened criminal proceedings due to the legalization of illegal obtained property and financing of terrorism.

As we reported, as the scheme of the shadow production of component parts for the military aviation of the Russian Federation has been exposed in the Kharkiv region.

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