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Ukraine's Security Service to request extradition of Wagner PMC militants detained in Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to preliminary data, some of the detainees are Ukrainian citizens who are wanted in Ukraine
14:45, 30 July 2020

Ukraine’s State Security Service
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The State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) will request the extradition of members of Wagner private military company (Wagner PMC) who were detained in Belarus on July 28. This was reported by BBC News Ukraine with reference to the SBU's press service.

It is noted that the Office of the Prosecutor General will consider this issue. After all, according to international rules, it is the prosecutor's office that must request extradition.

Related: Mercenaries, detained near Minsk, represent Wagner PMC

Information on the number of Wagner members who may be extradited is still being clarified. According to preliminary data, some of the detainees are Ukrainian citizens who are wanted in Ukraine.

As we reported earlier, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry 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.

"Ukraine has been warning for a long time 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: Belarus’ MFA to summon ambassadors of Russia, Ukraine amid detention of Russian mercenaries

 

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