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Zelensky rejects involvement of Ukraine's special services in preparation of Wagner Group detention operation

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Zelensky, the last time when he spoke with Alexander Lukashenko they discussed the issue of the detained "Wagner members."
15:00, 25 June 2021

Volodymyr Zelensky
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky rejected the involvement of the Ukrainian special services in the preparation of the so-called operation to detain members of the (Russian Private Military Company) Wagner. He said this in an interview with Natalia Moseichuk on the 1+1 TV channel.

"We saw what happened in Belarus, how the plane landed and how it ended. How such cases end and to what kind of country's isolation such special operations lead. This was definitely not our operation. I understand for sure that the idea for such an operation came from other countries," he said.

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According to Zelensky, the last time when he spoke with Alexander Lukashenko they discussed the issue of the detained "Wagner members."

"When the 'Wagner members' were on the territory of Belarus, I called Alexander Grigoryevich, warned him, said that we were ready to convey the full information about these people," he said.

According to Zelensky, Lukashenko told him that he would not "fail" and would "figure it out."

"I was sure that he would transfer these killers to us. But then we all saw what happened and this was our last conversation," Zelensky said.

On July 29, the law enforcers of Belarus detained over 30 militants of the Russian Wagner group.

Alexander Lukashenko accused Russia of interference in the internal affairs of the country, particularly, the election campaign.

In his turn, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held phone talk with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and raised the issue of extradition of the Wagner militants. Later, Lukashenko supposedly promised to extradite the mercenaries to Ukraine.

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