Ukraine’s MFA reacts to detention of Russian mercenaries in Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is also noted that Ukraine fully supports Belarus' sovereignty and independence
12:30, 30 July 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that the Wagner PMC fighters, detained in Belarus, could be deployed there to destabilize the situation in the country on the eve of the presidential election. This was reported by the Ministry’s press service.

"Ukraine has long warned that members of the Russian occupation forces and illegal armed groups, involved in hostilities in eastern Ukraine, are being used in other parts of the world and pose a threat. The discovery of these militants in Belarus confirms this fact and shows that they can be used to destabilize the situation in Belarus on the eve of the presidential election," the statement said.

Related: Mercenaries, detained near Minsk, represent Wagner PMC

It is noted that Ukraine is developing good relations with neighboring Belarus and fully supports its sovereignty and independence.

"Issues of possible extradition or other legal actions will be resolved by the relevant law enforcement and special bodies," the Foreign Ministry added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Serhiy Krivonos said that Ukraine might demand the extradition of some of the apprehended mercenaries.

As we reported earlier, the militants, who were detained by Belarusian law enforcement agencies near Minsk on the night of July 29, represented Wagner private military company (Wagner PMC).

Related: Belarus’ MFA to summon ambassadors of Russia, Ukraine amid detention of Russian mercenaries

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