The office of the President of Ukraine allegedly tried to persuade the British intelligence MI6 to prevent the publication of Bellingcat's investigation into the disruption of the operation to detain the Wagner group in Belarus in 2020. This is reported by ZN.UA, citing sources.
The newspaper writes that the deputy chairman of MI6, Lee Lawrence, during a visit to Ukraine at the end of February 2021, met with the head of the Ukrainian military intelligence Kirill Budanov and the deputy head of the President's Office Roman Mashovets. They tried to convince Lee Lawrence that MI6 would influence Bellingcat and prevent an investigation film from being released.
Also, allegedly a day later, Lawrence was once again asked about this in the company of the British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons invited to the meeting. At the same time, the British seem to have said that they cannot do anything with the media, because they have freedom of speech.
ZN.UA sent a request to the British Embassy in Ukraine, in which it tried to confirm the information received from the sources. But the press service said they would not comment on it.
For more than a year, the SBU and the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, together with the Americans, have been preparing an operation to detain the "Wagnerites" who fought on the side of terrorists in Donbas. However, at the final stage, it was disrupted.
The mercenaries were detained in Belarus by local special services, after which they were deported to Russia. Versions appeared in the media that the entourage of President Volodymyr Zelensky could be involved in the disruption of the special operation.