No signs of Zelensky, his Office Head's guilt of busting detention of Wagner PMC fighters, - authority

Source : 112 Ukraine

The temporary investigation committee looked into the case that occurred last summer in Belarus and tried to find out whether top Ukrainian offiicials leaked information about the special operation
16:31, 15 November 2021

Wagner group
Radio Liberty

There is no evidence that President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Head of his Office Andriy Yermak were involved in the disruption of the operation to apprehend the Wagner PMC militants in July 2020. Maryana Bezugla, the MP and the head of the parliamentary investigation committee reported that at a briefing on November 15.

"The available data allow us to make interim conclusions that the active measure was postponed from July 25 to July 30, 2020. The committee failed to find out who in Ukraine made the decision to postpone that action", Bezugla said. 

She claiimed that no foreign special service was involved in that operation.

Besides, according to the official, there were no confirmations that President Zelensky ordered the Ukrainian military intelligence to postpone the action. Bezugla added that Head of the President's Office Andriy YErmak and the-then Defense Minister Andriy Taran had no authority to give such orders.

The head of the investigation committee said Russia and Belarus could be aware of Ukraine's special operation, but the authority found no confirmation that the information leak could take place in Ukraine.

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

The committee's report was made amidst Bellingcat's promise to release the results of their own investigation this week.

In July 2020, Belarusian law enforcers detained three dozen fighters of the Kremlin-backed Wagner private military company. Some of them fought in Donbas against the Ukrainian military. In spite of Ukraine's appeal to extradite these mercenaries, Minsk decided to send them to their homeland, to Russia.

In his interwiew, Russian leader Vladimir Putin claimed that Ukrainian and American special services were involved in the operation to apprehend the Wagner PMC militants. Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky denied this information. Then, the Security Service of Ukraine looked into possible information leak that could be allowed by the top Ukrainian officials.

In July 2021, Ukrainian court obliged the State Bureau of Investigations to start the pre-trial investigation about possible high treason committed by President Volodymyr Zelensky and his associates.

Recently, CNN journalists disclosed new details about the special operation, during which the Wagner militants were detained in Belarus. Fighters from this group could become the witnesses in the cases of military actions ion Donbas; they could also be of use in the MH17 tragedy investigation.

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