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Case of PMC organization in Ukraine: War veteran suspected

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine suspects Semen Semenchenko to be responsible for organization of the private military company; Yevhen Shevchenko from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau could be responsible for funding and ammunition supplies
00:17, 26 March 2021

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) revealed new evidence in the high-profile case about organization of private military company in this country.

According to the Service's information, veteran of Donbas confllict and former MP Semen Semenchenko is now a suspect in organization of the private military company. Yevhen Shevchenko from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau could be responsible for funding and ammunition supplies. Oleg Holovash, the Chief of Main Department of the SBU in Kyiv and Kyiv region said so as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine.

According to the official, Semenchenko "was, in fact, organizer and the leader; he directly signed the deals and all respective documents; he faced suspicion with creation of illegal military formations", Holovash specified.

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He added that Yevhen Shevchenko is also suspected of "searching ways to fund and supply the military ammunition" for members of this private military campaign. 

Chief of Main Department of the SBU in Kyiv and Kyiv region also said that the Service requests the court to choose the restriction measure for the two suspects. The authority has not made the decision yet.

Related: Semenchenko, Shevchenko suspected of organizing private military company: Key facts

Recently, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed and stopped the activities of the so-called private military company - a paramilitary armed formation not provided by law. Former MP of Ukraine Semen Semenchenko and National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) "agent" Yevhen Shevchenko are suspected of organizing private military company. This was reported by the SBU's press service in Telegram.

"According to SBU, the company consisted of more than 150 people, and the organization itself operated under the guise of security firms and NGOs," the statement said.

The report states that the training of members of the private military company took place at a specially equipped training base in Kyiv region - there were combat training, training in handling weapons, military combat skills. In addition, some members of the military company studied in training centers abroad.

The case file shows that 15 citizens of Ukraine exercised control and coordination over the activities of the criminal organization. In particular, they recruited potential participants, giving preference to ex-servicemen and law enforcement officers with experience in combat operations.

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