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Court fines Ukrainian serviceman for disclosing information about vehicles' maintenance

Only one of three IFVs is operational; a self-propelled grenade launcher fires unauthorized
21:50, 11 September 2018

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Yaroslav Kovalenko, the serviceman of Ukraine's Armed Forces, has been fined for twelve U.S. dollars (340 Ukrainian hryvnas, - 112 International). The jury found him guilty of disclosing the information about the actual conditions of military vehicles in the combat area in Donbas. The respective announcement may be found in the verdict by Dzerzhinsky court of Donetsk region, UNN news agency reported

The court considered materials filed by the military counter-intelligence of the SBU, Ukraine's state security service. It turned out that Kovalenko is the commander of military unit A1736; in August 2018, he wrote to Facebook user 'Halyna Danylenko', informing her that he served with the 58th Detached Motorized Infantry Brigade, based in the vicinities of Horlivka, Donetsk region - at the outpost located 800 meters away from the enemy positions.  

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'Kovalenko informed this individual that there are three IFVs at the outpost, only one of which is operational - but the sights do not work, and a self-propelled grenade launcher fires unauthorized. Besides, he said that the unit had no night-vision goggles or thermal vision goggles'. 

The mentioned user, Halyna Danylenko, openly posted the information on Facebook.

The SBU decided that the military man disclosed the information, compromising the position and actions of the troops in the combat zone, since the released data had access restricted (for service use only). The man recognized his guilt entirely. 

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