Case of PMC Wagner in Ukraine: Military reconaissance's ex-official testifies before Parliament

Source : 112 Ukraine

The parliamentary committee keeps looking into the case
17:00, 21 September 2021


Temporary investigation committee of the Ukrainian Parliament who looks into the Wagner case in Ukraine has partially interviewed Vasyl Burba, the former Chief of Main Department for Intelligence of Ukraine's Defense Ministry. Head of the committee Maryana Bezugla reported that on air of Ukraine 24 TV channel.

"Mr. Burba was also given a partial hearing; we continue to listen to his testomonies. The protocol of these sessions will be also included in the enclosed materials of the temporary investigation committee", Bezugla said.

According to her, the case materials will be presented in the interim report of the committee.

When asked about what does "partial hearing" mean, Bezugla said that the session will be continued. 

The further information about witnesses in this case will be revealed some other time because the work is underway.

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As it was reported earlier, on July 29, 2020, Belarusian security forces detained more than three dozen militants of the Kremlin-controlled unofficial private military company Wagner, some of whom fought in the Donbas on the side of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

Contrary to Ukraine's request for the extradition of these mercenaries, on August 14 Minsk decided to send them home.

In an interview with Russia 1 TV channel, Putin said that the special services of Ukraine and the United States were involved in the detention of 33 people from Wagner's detention center in Belarus.

On June 24, President Volodymyr Zelensky denied the involvement of Ukrainian special services in the preparation of an operation to detain the Wagnerians.

In turn, the Security Service of Ukraine has launched an investigation into the possible disruption of the operation to detain 33 militants due to the disclosure of data.

In July the Kyiv Shevchenkivskyi District Court ordered the State Bureau of Investigation to launch a pre-trial investigation into possible treason by Volodymyr Zelensky and his entourage over the disruption of an operation to detain Wagner's members.

Recently, journalists of the American TV channel CNN learned new details about last year's special operation of Ukraine to lure Wagnerians into a trap. It was the fighters of the so-called Wagner's PMC - an unofficial group whose representatives, according to media reports, participated as mercenaries in many armed conflicts, including in Donbas. They could be involved in the militant activity in Donbas and help investigate the downed Boeing-MH17.

Related: Russia could play negative role in Ukraine’s Wagner Group detention operation


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