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Russia could play negative role in Ukraine’s Wagner Group detention operation

Source : 112 Ukraine

Temporary Commission of Inquiry established that the Russian special services allowed export of 33 mercenaries from the territory of the Russian Federation to the territory of Belarus
13:58, 21 September 2021

Mariana Bezuhla
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The Temporary Commission of Inquiry (TCI) of the Verkhovna Rada has grounds to believe that the special services of the Russian Federation could track some of the measures of the special services and intelligence of Ukraine. The reason for that is to prepare for the operation to detain the militants from the Wagner PMC. This was stated by head of the TCI, MP Mariana Bezuhla on the air of Ukraine 24 on the materials ready for the interim report.

“TCI confirms that since 2014 the special services and intelligence of Ukraine have been working to document the participation of Russian military and mercenaries in the war against Ukraine ... According to preliminary information received by TCI, there is reason to believe that Russian special services could trace a part of activity of special services and intelligence of Ukraine in documentation work and began the counterattack, using the active measures of Ukraine within the operational game as a cover for their active measures against Ukraine,” Bezuhla informs.

According to her, TCI established that the Russian special services allowed the export of 33 mercenaries from the territory of the Russian Federation to the territory of Belarus. The preparation of relevant documents for extradition began after Wagner militants were detained in Belarus. According to preliminary information from the TCI, since the detention of mercenaries, Russia's special services have reformatted their active measures and launched a disinformation special operation against Ukraine.

Bezuhla added that the TCI intends to recommend to law enforcement agencies, within its powers, to analyze the available facts about Russia's disinformation activity and its coordination with the actions of specific subjects of Ukraine.

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TCI continues to study the circumstances, whether the detention of mercenaries was the result of information leakage, planning shortcomings, active actions of the secret services of Belarus or Russia, or a combination of some of these factors.

As it was reported earlier, on July 29, 2020, Belarusian security forces detained more than three dozen militants of the Kremlin-controlled unofficial private military company Wagner, some of whom fought in the Donbas on the side of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

Contrary to Ukraine's request for the extradition of these mercenaries, on August 14 Minsk decided to send them home.

In an interview with Russia 1 TV channel, Putin said that the special services of Ukraine and the United States were involved in the detention of 33 people from Wagner's detention center in Belarus.

On June 24, President Volodymyr Zelensky denied the involvement of Ukrainian special services in the preparation of an operation to detain the Wagnerians.

In turn, the Security Service of Ukraine has launched an investigation into the possible disruption of the operation to detain 33 militants due to the disclosure of data.

In July the Kyiv Shevchenkivskyi District Court ordered the State Bureau of Investigation to launch a pre-trial investigation into possible treason by Volodymyr Zelensky and his entourage over the disruption of an operation to detain Wagner's members.

Recently, journalists of the American TV channel CNN learned new details about last year's special operation of Ukraine to lure Wagnerians into a trap. It was the fighters of the so-called Wagner's PMC - an unofficial group whose representatives, according to media reports, participated as mercenaries in many armed conflicts, including in Donbas. They could be involved in the militant activity in Donbas and help investigate the downed Boeing-MH17.

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